Category: Belle Isle

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!

Read More

Belle Isle Craft Spirits: 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…

Read More

November 4, 2017: Coastal Virginia Spirits Soiree – Virginia Beach, VA

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!

Read More

Hopped Up Swizzle, featuring Belle Isle Moonshine

Hopped Up Swizzle–it’s a swizzle topped with an IPA. The name just fit perfectly.

 

INGREDIENTS
.5oz honey syrup
.75oz lemon juice
.5oz aperol
1.5oz Belle Isle Honey Habanero

 

PREPARATION
Build in a small tin. Dry shake. Pour into a tulip glass. Add crushed ice. Top with an IPA. Swizzle. Expressed lemon garnish. 

 

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

Manchester, featuring Belle Isle Moonshine

Manchester is named after the Manchester District where Belle Isle Moonshine Distillery resides. This cocktail is perfect for any occasion. It’s been on and off our menu for years–and gets requested all the time.

 

INGREDIENTS
.75oz lime juice
.75oz Cointreau
.75oz Aperol
.75oz Belle Isle Premium Moonshine

 

PREPARATION
Build in small tin. Shake with ice. Double strain into a chilled coupe. Expressed grapefruit garnish.

 

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

Strawbelle, featuring Belle Isle Moonshine

We met Jonathan Wasilewski from Belle Isle Craft Spirits at a spirits festival in Yorktown a little over a year ago. We discussed how so many bar menus that feature their moonshines used them as a 2nd or 3rd-tier ingredient, and that we didn’t want the spirit to be buried. So, we went super simple & refreshing.

 

INGREDIENTS
1.5oz Belle Isle Honey Habanero Moonshine
.5oz Simple Syrup
1oz Strawberry Puree

 

PREPARATION
Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, strain into martini glass, lime wedge & mint sprig garnish.

 

SUBMITTED BY
Matthew Black of TRIANGLE – a small plates restaurant & music venue
601 Prince George Street Williamsburg, VA 23185