Flavored spirits to light up a party

Grand Marnier Cherry. Grand Marnier Cherry. Photo Credit: Handout

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Some familiar drinks are sporting new tastes -- part of the boomlet in flavored spirits.

Grand Marnier Cherry expands the repertoire for the classic liqueur, which for 150 years has been defined by its blend of oranges and fine Cognac. This time: griotte cherries. Very good company in a cocktail. Trés smooth. About $42.

Courvoisier Gold takes the Cognac and brings in a taste of moscato wine. What emerges is slightly floral, fruity, light, refreshing. It has less alcohol by volume than traditional Cognac and makes absolutely no demands. About $25.

Southern Comfort Bold Black Cherry -- what would Janis say? Not sure you'll channel Joplin with this latest spin on the beverage so many recall from concerts and campuses. Mix it with Coca-Cola and ice. About $17.

Wild Turkey American Honey arrives with a hint of caramel and citrus, which is one of the things that happens when you put pure honey into bourbon whisky. Lower-proof, easy to drink slightly chilled. About $21.

Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky gets personality from maple trees tapped in Quebec. Imagine a late-autumn breakfast chaser after the waffles and pancakes. Or a sipper when the next snap of cold hits. About $30.

Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka does have a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon to go with the pumpkin. Maybe it will work with a slice of pie. About $13.

And, if you're still resisting and want a summer daydream: New Amsterdam Red Berry Vodka and New Amsterdam Peach Vodka. About $15 each. Close your eyes.

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