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