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An Ode to Eau de Vie European traditions like schnaps, eau de vie, pálinka and slivovitz are looking for a footing among American craft producers. BY JEFF CIOLETTI

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he American cocktail renaissance has played no small part in introducing a new generation of consumers to the brandy category. Many of the country’s top bartenders have fallen in love with grape- and apple-based spirits and they want drinkers to become enamored of them as well—which frequently happens once they’ve had the chance to try them. But the fruit-based spirits they’re enjoying are usually in the cocktail context and when Americans do opt to sip something neat, more often than not those spirits will be of the brown variety. On the one hand, U.S. cocktail culture is emulated the world over, which is driving

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Craft Spirits Magazine October 2019  

A publication of the American Craft Spirits Association, Craft Spirits Magazine explores the art, science and business of distilling.

Craft Spirits Magazine October 2019  

A publication of the American Craft Spirits Association, Craft Spirits Magazine explores the art, science and business of distilling.