Try These 6 Spirits You Probably Haven’t Heard Of! (Photos)

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By Cooking Panda

There’s more to life than just vodka, rum, gin, whiskey, scotch, tequila and mezcal.

No, seriously. There’s so much more.

There’s Ancho Reyes, Cynar and Zirbenz, for example.

If you love to try new things and feel like it’s time to mix up your Thirsty Thursday menu beyond just buying a different brand of vodka this time around, why not consider picking up a totally new spirit that you’ve never tried — and possibly never even heard of — before.

Check it out! Here are some lesser-known, but totally awesome, liquors and liqueurs that you should try to get your hands on, courtesy, of Eater and Delish:

1. Batavia-Arrack

This Indonesian liquor is made with fermented red rice and sugarcane (although similar spirits called “arrack” or “arak” can be found throughout Southeast Asia). And it’s popular in Sweden, too, thanks to the nation’s East India Company. If you love rum, you should absolutely try this bright, smoky spirit.

2. Cynar

This earthy, woody, bittersweet Italian liqueur is fabulous with some sweet, smoky Scotch for a sophisticated, strong drink.

3. Ancho Reyes

Looking for something versatile with a wildly spicy kick? Then you’ll love this Ancho Chile Liqueur, which has a thick heat to it that creates the dominant flavor in this cane liquor. Use this dark, earthy Mexican spirit as you would tequila, mezcal, whiskey or rum.

4. Zirbenz 

This Austrian liqueur comes from Arolla pine cones, which kind of sounds like sipping on Pine Sol, but this wintry drink actually has a lot more than that going for it: it’s spicy and smoky, and a bit more subtle than you’d expect. Pair it with tequila for true happiness.

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5. Raki

Powerfully anise-flavored, it’s frighteningly easy to down this sweet Turkish spirit, which is best over ice and watered down … Or you can get wild and serve it in a pineapple sour, maybe?

6. China-China

Funny story, this digestive is actually French in origin. It is distilled with sweet and bitter orange peels, botanicals and spices. It’s great on ice or in a spritzer, and you can swap it out for other bitter liqueurs like vermouth or amaro.

Sources: Delish, Eater / Featured Image: Chris Pople/Flickr / Embedded Images: Alpenz, Delish, Eater

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