The All-American bottle
Bourbon and rye may be considered the classic American sips. But for a drink with real American roots, it’s hard to beat apple brandy (or applejack, as it’s sometimes called) — specifically, Laird’s apple brandy . The New Jersey-based company has been making the stuff since the 18th Century (George Washington supposedly enjoyed it). Today, it has a full line of products, though we’re partial to the more fully-aged ones, such as the 7.5-year-old brandy ($32) and the 12-year-old brandy ($65).