Greenbar Distillery's Tru Garden Vodka gets its name from the fresh ingredients used to make it. Tasting faintly of celery, dill, and coriander, it delivers fresh complexity to seasonal cocktails and Bloody Marys.
What we thought: If you're a gin drinker who thinks they hate vodka, drink this vodka — it's nothing like sharp, stinging kind that probably turned you off it in the first place. The Tru Garden vodka is herbaceous and bright with an intense aroma of citrus, whole coriander, and celery leaves. Its herbal notes would pair perfectly with an acidic, lemony Bloody Mary, but it would lend itself equally to a more savory cocktail with my personal favorite duo, shrub and seltzer. — Sally Kaplan, Insider Picks editor
Greenbar says this is the first whiskey matured with six kinds of wood (white oak, grape vine, hickory, mulberry, red oak, and maple) which translates to tasting notes of butterscotch, plum, currant, clove, and black tea in your glass.
What we thought: Slow Hand is spice-forward with sweet undertones like butterscotch and brown sugar that fade into warm wood. Though warm, it's also not hot like a rye. It's smooth, approachable, and an easy drinking whiskey that can be served neat (as I enjoyed it) or in an Old Fashioned or Gold Rush. — Mara Leighton, Insider Picks reporter
Grand Poppy is an intense, bittersweet liqueur that's meant to serve up all the complexities of southern California flora in one bottle: farm-fresh citrus, coastal herbs and berries, and the California poppy flower. Pair it with sparkling wine, soda, or silver tequila, vodka, or whiskey for a cocktail.
What we thought: Greenbar Distillery's Grand Poppy Amaro is a pleasant compromise between a drier Amaro, like Fernet-Branca, and a vague sweetness that conjures an aromatized wine like Lillet or an herbal liqueur like Strega. I really like that it's organic and has a dry finish. Chances are good that you might find me sipping this in a rocks glass this summer. — Owen Burke, Insider Picks buying guides reporter