Be sure to stop on by Pasture in Richmond and ask Beth Dixon for the Front Royal during September #VaSpiritsMonth! You can also try your hand at prepping it at home with the recipe below.
Front Royal, featuring KO Distilling’s Battle Standard Navy Strength Gin & James River Distillery’s Øster Vit
1 oz. of KO Distilling Battle Standard Navy Strength Gin
1 oz. of James River Distillery Øster Vit
½ oz. of Black Locust vinegar
½ oz. of lemon
½ oz. of simple syrup
Shaken, strained over large ice cube in a rox glass with a twist of lemon
by: Amy Ciarametaro
If you don’t know Beth Dixon, Richmond’s resident mixologist maven and shrub specialist, then make it a point to stop by soon to see what she’s doing from the ”garden to Pasture.“ Beth has been shaping the beverage community in Richmond since her days at Can Can Brasserie, where she bartended for over six years. In 2011, she jumped ship to help launch Pasture. Since Pasture’s opening, Beth has been able to hone her love for fresh and unique craft cocktails. Inspired by the huge English garden at her childhood home in Beaverdam, Beth sometimes grows the ingredients used in her cocktails in her backyard.
Beth says her love for hospitality and entertaining began at a young age. “I’ve always enjoyed hosting people for parties. My parents often hosted Supper Clubs and other events when I was growing up – and I’ve been hooked ever since.”
Pasture Chef and co-owner Jason Alley likes to keep it local, too. Featuring ingredients from the likes of Victory Farms, Autumn Olive Farms, Gallmeyer Farms, and Agriberry Jason prepares simple dining fare with a focus on small plates and current interpretations of classic Southern flavors. Oh, and fun fact – when he’s not whipping up the best pimento cheese I’ve ever tasted, Jason plays in a Spanglish Ramones cover band called Los Ramones.
But let’s get back to the bar. Beth’s special September cocktail “Front Royal” features two #VaSpirits: KO Distilling Battle Standard Navy Strength Gin and James River Distillery Øster Vit. Beth carries a sizeable amount of #VaSpirits behind the bar. When asked why she shows her Virginia spirit, Beth said, “I have a huge sense of pride in being from Virginia and I’ll do anything in my power to promote how awesome it is here! The quality of #VaSpirits is great and these are the people in my community.”
You like us Beth, you really like us! And we adore you, hence why we named you one of our September #VaSpiritsMonth Tastemakers! Thank you for your support and for elevating the River City’s craft cocktail scene, one tipple at a time.
*Rapid Fire with Beth Dixon of Pasture Richmond*
#VaSpirits: Tell us some fun tidbits about your daily routine.
Beth: My family members are pretty big regulars at 821 Cafe. In fact, there’s a burger named after my partner there, the “Brent Burger.” It’s a huge burger in between two grilled cheeses. Sometimes if I am feeling frisky after work, I’ll stop at Saison for a fancy drink, or Penny Lane for a snakebite and a shot.
#VaSpirits: When you’re not behind the bar at Pasture, what do you enjoy doing?
Beth: I’m typically hanging out with my six-year-old daughter, Ellie. And tending to our small zoo: two dogs, one cat, seven chickens and a huge garden built by my partner, Brent. I do a lot of canning and preserving, and run a local food swap group called RVA Swappers. I‘ve also recently taken up beekeeping.
#VaSpirits: When you’re not drinking Virginia spirits, what do you enjoy drinking and why?
Beth: I love wine! Specifically whites and roses!!!! I also like to make long drinks with gin, fresh herbs from our garden, citrus and soda, then sit on my porch and hang out in the summers.
#VaSpirits: To wrap things up, would you like to share any remaining fun facts about yourself?
Beth: I like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain.
Photo credit: Jay Paul