Portland, Oregon’s Som makes its mixers not from alcohol however from vinegar (and cane sugar), which units up a candy and bitter base that may conceivably be confused for booze. Crafted by James Beard-winning chef Andy Ricker, they supply a wholesome, zero abv various to conventional liqueurs. However… how do they style? Spoiler: Some work higher than others.
Som makes 10 core flavors plus a bevy of particular and seasonal releases. We tried a consultant sampling of 5. Ideas comply with.
Som Tangerine Sea Salt – Very vinegary, however minimize with a transparent and distinct tangerine character. The salt is extremely punchy because it hits you on the again finish, after that candy citrus word fades. Powerfully flavored, however extra versatile than a few of these. B+
Som Oregon Berry – It’s powerful to select the particular berry on this combine over all of the vinegar — although it’s a bit dialed down right here — however I presume it’s marionberry and/or blackberry, with a contact of grenadine-like pomegranate and/or cherry on the again finish. Undoubtedly workable as a creme de cassis (or related) substitute, with a extra easygoing end. A-
Som Pineapple – Once more fairly heavy on the vinegar, with the pineapple current, however surprisingly understated. Relatively winey on the entire with a blunt, tart end. B
Som Thai Basil – Extra refined on the nostril, however bolder on the palate. The spicy basil part is considered one of few elements that may stand as much as the mixer’s massively tart vinegar notes, and the sweetness is dialed in excellent right here. The end melds a vaguely tropical fruitiness with a brilliant, natural spice. Distinctive, and doubtless my favourite on this batch. A-
Som Ginger – See our ginger liqueur roundup for protection.