What It Is: Letherbee’s Bësk is an intense liqueur made in the style of a classic Swedish spirit better known in the US as Malört, a bitter schnapps infamous for its cult-like following in Chicago. Not wanting to tread on any trademarks (Jeppson’s currently owns the name Malört), Letherbee decided to instead call their version Bësk, the Swedish word for the category of bitter spirits into which Malört falls. Pale straw yellow, it is made by infusing grain alcohol with wormwood, elderflower, juniper and other botanicals.
What It’s Like: Bësk is a lot like Chartreuse but more sippable and a little less herbal. It’s light in body for a liqueur, with a pleasant, brisk bitterness—think of nibbling on a lemon rind—and an anise-y background, like candied celery.