Five unusual spirits for your cocktail cupboard on telegraph.co.uk

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Got gin, vodka and brandy aplenty? Take your cocktail creativity up to the next level with the addition of one of these less-common ingredients

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Cherry Heering

There’s plenty of cherry-flavoured spirits on the market, but even at their best many taste artificial and at their worst, they’re like drinking cough syrup. This rich red Danish liqueur, which dates back to 1818, is made as naturally as possible, and really does taste of the fruit. It’s indispensable in classic cocktails including the Singapore Sling, Remember the Maine and Blood and Sand – an excellent whisky cocktail you can create at home by shaking 20ml of scotch with 20ml of sweet vermouth, 20ml of Heering and 20ml of orange juice with ice, before straining into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry or strip of orange peel.

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