Category: A. Smith Bowman

A. Smith Bowman Distillery: Meet Virginia Makers

Rise and shine, folks! Today we’re going to discuss the topic of infused spirits and the value of authentic infusions versus chemical-compound infusions. I recently sat down with few of Virginia and Washington, D.C.’s most talented bartenders to get the facts straight, and to hear their take on the topic. I also chatted with the fellas at Belle Isle Craft Spirits to learn more about their approach to making artisanal infusions with their premium moonshines. But before I delve into that, let’s do a little infusion 101…

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September 30, 2017: VA Spirits Festival – Washington DC

Meet over 20 Virginia distillers as you eat, relax, and indulge in unique Virginia-made distilled spirits at the 2nd Annual Virginia Spirits Showcase. This year’s Showcase will be even more exciting than last year’s event, which was the first of its kind. Throughout the day, you will have the opportunity to learn from the experts through Master Distiller Seminars, as well as attend the 2nd annual Battle of the Bartenders competition, where you will witness bartenders leverage their creative-cocktail skills to gain affection from the judges on hand. All of this will take place at the Roanoke City Market Building, located in the heart of downtown and just a short walk away from nightlife, fine dining, and much more on Saturday September 16th!

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Wild Thoughts, featuring A. Smith Bowman

Naming the cocktail is one of the hardest parts! It’s usually a group effort. Velvet Falernum is from Barbados, as is Rihanna. So naturally her super catchy new song “Wild Thoughts” fit perfect!


1.5oz Bowman Brothers Small Batch Bourbon
.5oz Velvet Falernum
.5oz spicy pineapple syrup
2 dashes Angostura Aromatic bitters
.25oz Goslings Rum floater


Build in a mixing glass. Stir with ice until chilled. Strain over a large ice cube.


Lauren Spain of Tazza Kitchen
3332 Pump Road Henrico, Virginia 23233

Up-South 75, featuring A. Smith Bowman

This is a riff on a classic French 75.


1oz A Smith Bowman Sunset Hills Gin
.5 Lustau Vermut
.5 lime juice
.5 simple syrup
.5oz Cantaloupe juice


Juice cantaloupe in a masticating juicer or blend cantaloupe flesh and then strain. Shake all ingredients and strain into a Champagne flute. Top with A Virginia Sparkling wine, such as Thibaut-Janisson Virginia Fizz. Garnish with a lime wheel.


Derek Salerno of Shagbark
4901 Libbie Mill East Blvd. Suite 175 Richmond, VA 23230