After the big turkey feast, kick back with a postprandial sipper. The five wallet-friendly bottles featured here—each option clocks in at under $40—include a brand-new bourbon and a just-released vermouth. Treat your host (and yourself) to one of these fine spirits with dessert or after Thanksgiving dinner.
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George Dickel Rye
The estimable Tennessee bourbon producer—in operation since 1870—releases its first rye. The spicy whiskey’s 90-proof spine, bright fruit and vanilla notes, and dry finish make it perfect for Manhattans. Available in late November at Astor Wines & Spirits, 399 Lafayette St at 4th St (212-674-7500). 750ml $25.
Atsby “Armadillo Cake” Vermouth
In October, the new Soho small-batch spirit producer Atsby launched this modern twist on the traditional fortified wine: A base of Long Island chardonnay and apple brandy is flavored with aromatics (orange peel, cardamom, clove). It lends a wintry character to warm-weather classics like the Negroni. Available at Astor Wines & Spirits, 399 Lafayette St at 4th St (212-674-7500). 750ml $32.
Laird’s 7.5 Year Apple Brandy
Sixteen pounds of apples go into each bottle of this historic liquor, produced in New Jersey at America’s oldest commercial distillery, which has counted George Washington among its fans. The smooth-sipping spirit evokes apple pie and caramel, lending itself well to a postfeast dram. Available at Astor Wines & Spirits, 399 Lafayette St at 4th St (212-674-7500). 750ml $27.
Quinta do Infantado 10 Year Tawny Port
Distilled from old-vine grapes and aged in wooden barrels, this off-dry-style port has hints of walnut, chocolate and coffee, as well as a long finish, making it a great candidate for fireside tippling. Available at Astor Wines & Spirits, 399 Lafayette St at 4th St (212-674-7500). 750ml $33.
Château Grillon Sauternes
The blend of honey, candied citrus and floral notes makes this classic French dessert wine an ideal companion to pumpkin pie. Available at Astor Wines & Spirits, 399 Lafayette St at 4th St (212-674-7500). 750ml $37.
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