When we hear of something being cooked up by "the folks in North Carolina," soda isn't exactly the first thing that comes to mind. Nevertheless, Cheerwine ($30/case) is a unique, cherry-flavored soda made with real cane sugar in the hills of NC since 1917. Tastes great, and is a lot less likely to get you arrested than that other drink we're drinking right nowthinking about.
Handmade using traditional Japanese brewing techniques and the finest ingredients — pristine water sourced from the Oirase River in Northern Japan, Yamada Nishiki rice, handmade koji, and proprietary yeast strains — TY KU White ($175) is a high-end, Daiginjo-rated sake that's sure to liven up your next sushi dinner. Brewing of the White stuff is overseen by legendary sakemaster Yoishio Koizumi, and its small batch nature combined with its striking, sleek white bottle make it a great gift, as well, whether it's for a friend, family member, or angry Yakuza.
Originally formulated in the 15th century to lure bears out of their caverns, trees, and other hiding spots, Bärenjäger Honey Liqueur ($30) is a 70 proof blast from the past. Literally translating to "bear hunter," Bärenjäger is still crafted in a traditional manner with all-natural ingredients, as well as some new world fine spirits and premium Mexican honey.