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ZIRBENZ STONE PINE LIQUEUR OF THE ALPS • $42 The fresh pine cones needed to make this liqueur come from the Arolla Stone Pine, a rare pine tree found only in the Alps. In July, mountaineers hike into the hills and climb to the treetops (it’s like the X Games of foraging) to harvest this fruit before it matures into what we know as a pine cone. Since it can take over 30 years for a tree to produce fruit and five to seven years between sub- sequent harvest cycles, only 15 to 20% of this pine’s wild red fruit (Arolla Stone Pine bears red cones, not green!) is picked to safeguard the species. Zirbenz’s fruity, floral, piney profile is unique. Before mixing it in cocktails, try sipping this rosy liqueur neat or serve it over ice with sparkling water. Once you’re ready for the deep end, here’s an extensive list of Zir- benz cocktails recipes. Go crazy! ALICE & THE MAGICIAN AUTUMN BONFIRE COCKTAIL AROMATICS • $18 A light mist of fresh green pines, wet rocks, earth, and cold mountain air: this Cocktail Aromatic magically transports you to a dark green, mossy for- est. It might be my favorite. © Hundred-to-One LLC 2017. All rights reserved.