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Maple bourbon Straight bourbon finished in barrels that were used to age maple syrup. The residual syrup imparts notes of maple and caramel. $47.99, Litchfield Distillery

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Craft-distilled vodka First distilled in a column still and then filtered for a bright, clean and crisp taste. $24.99. Waypoint Spirits, Bloomfield. 

Poire Prisonniere pear brandy With a full-size Bartlett pear grown in the bottle by Holmberg Orchards of Gales Ferry. $75, Westford Hill Distillers, Ashford. 

Fresh Blend hard cider A crisp, semi-sweet cider blended with real apple juice and no artificial sweeteners. $14 / 4-pack. New England Cider Company, Wallingford.

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Sindica Midnight New American gin Infused with a medley of terpenes (aromatic plant compounds) including myrcene and linalool. $37.99. SoNo 1420 American Craft Distillers, Norwalk.

Gather German-style pilsner Clean and crisp with all-German ingredients. $3.75 / 16-ounce can. Fox Farm Brewery, Salem.

Chocolate Orange XS liqueur Deep and intense real chocolate liqueur with hints of vanilla and coffee and a taste of sweet orange. $32, Fifth State Distillery, Bridgeport.

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