Top 10 Spirits 2010
We were admittedly skeptical when we first heard about this liqueur combining sweet virgin pears and vanilla and a touch of French Cognac. Then we tasted it, and our skepticism melted away faster than a polar ice cap. Xanté is sweet, but not cloyingly so. With but half the amount of sugar of a standard liqueur, its sweetness derives from virgin pears harvested in a Flemish garden region famous for the fruit. It's all natural, and made with decidedly un-oaky-flavored Cognac. Best served chilled and neat, but also works in several hot and cold cocktails.