2016 BEST Local Gin
Complex but not overly botanical and crafted in small batches by a microdistillery on Frankford Avenue, it makes for a great gin and tonic (or any cocktail, really) and is one of those incredibly rare, non-infused gins that can even be drunk straight, over rocks, with nothing but a squeeze of lime.
2016 BEST Local Rum
Petty’s Island Driftwood Dream
Give this one to people who say they don’t like rum. The creation of Camden’s Cooper River Distillers, it is smooth, complex, sweet and hauntingly dark with brown sugars, and it’ll make them rethink their prejudice against one of the world’s more maligned spirits. Read more »
2016 BEST Local Whiskey
This blended whiskey from Olde Kensington’s New Liberty Distillery attempts to re-create the distinct flavor of an early-20th-century Philadelphia whiskey, back in the days from when our city was a distilling powerhouse. The result? A clean, easy-drinking spirit that takes to almost any mixer. Read more »