Amaro is a word that you've probably been hearing a lot of recently and Amer Picon is France's take on this family of bitter drinks.
Amer Picon has actually been around since the 1800's (albeit under subtly different recipes) and is found in many of the classic early cocktail books.
However, our increasing appreciation bitter drinks has lead to the brand experiencing a serious resurrection amongst drinks enthusiasts.
The main ingredients are gentian, quinine and orange that gives a rich and delicious citrus finish. In terms of drinks ideas, we're a little bit in love with the traditional French concoction of dropping a shot into an ice cold pilsner style beer with a slice of lemon – it's basically a lager top for grown ups! It's also interesting as a Campari substitute in a Negroni or simply lengthen with tonic water.
Around £17 from www.thewhiskyexchange.com
With its Prohibition inspired name, bottle and design cues, Bootlegger Brew clearly makes no secret about jumping on the current trend for 1920's American drinking culture.
To be fair, the look is seriously well executed and you look a damn site more sophisticated than drinking a bottle of cheap cider. The liquid itself is pretty good too and plenty drinkable at 5.5%Abv. Described as an ‘Apple Beer', it's a refreshing blend of white grain spirit and rich malt and hops with an apple finish that's not too sweet.
Available for around £1.65/330ml bottle from Morissons
Tullamore D.E.W.Cider Cask Whiskey
There's plenty of whisk(e)y out there that's aged in wine, sherry and bourbon casks, so Tullamore D.E.W.has decided to break with convention and launch the world's first cider cask finished Irish whiskey.
This unique whiskey combines two of Ireland's oldest boozy crafts – cider and whiskey making. The result is a triple distilled, triple blend Irish whiskey infused with notes of toasted oak and tinged with fresh cider sweetness – ideal for summer sipping and also for cocktail experimentation.
It's only available in travel retail, but with a very reasonable RRP of €35, Tullamore D.E.W.Cider Cask Whiskey is sensibly priced.