Drink of the Week: Destillaré Intense Orange Curaçao

Orange curaçao may often be more of a supporting actor than star of the show, but the liqueur plays a key role in a long roster of cocktails, making it a must-have ingredient for any home bar. Louisville-based brandy maker Copper & Kings released the Destillaré Intense Orange Curaçao last summer, and it’s perfect for adding a flavorful kick to a Brandy Crusta or Mai Tai. Made with an apple brandy base, vapor-distilled with orange peels and honey and bottled at a stronger-than-usual 90 proof, the liqueur lives up to its “intense” moniker. Golden in color, it’s redolent with orange blossoms and fresh citrus, with honey adding just enough sweetness. $35, see copperandkings.com for retailers.