Category: James River Cocktails

Santa’s Toddy, featuring James River Distillery

The best way to end a night spent delivering gifts is with a Santa’s Toddy. Featuring Santa’s favorite spice, cinnamon, as well some well deserved navy strength gin.

INGREDIENTS
2 oz Unauthorized Absence navy strength gin
1 oz Cinnamon KISS (cinnamon simple syrup)
.5 oz lemon juice
2 oz water
dash of Angostura bitters
cinnamon stick (optional)

PREPARATION
Heat gin, syrup, lemon juice, and water. Remove from heat and add bitters. Serve with cinnamon stick as garnish

SUBMITTED BY
Kristi Croxton of James River Distillery
2700 Hardy St. Richmond, VA 23220

Gather Round the Bowl Punch, featuring James River Distillery

This crowd pleaser is the perfect punch to make for holiday celebrations (or really anytime). Make ahead and actually get to enjoy spending time with your guests rather than spending all your time fixing drinks. Feel free to substitute juices or fruit depending on the holiday/season.

INGREDIENTS
8 oz. Arctic Snow Vodka
2 oz. Jackson & James Rum
8 oz. Cranberry juice
4 oz. Lemonade
4 oz. Orange juice
8 oz Soda water
dash of cinnamon (optional)
Fresh or frozen pomegranates (or berries)

PREPARATION
Combine all ingredients in a punchbowl or pitcher. Serve over ice

SUBMITTED BY
Kristi Croxton of James River Distillery
2700 Hardy St. Richmond, VA 23220

Bubbly Berries, featuring James River Distillery

This festive drink is beautiful to look at and even better to drink. With a hint of cranberry it is perfect to drink at all your upcoming holiday celebrations!

INGREDIENTS
2 oz. Øster Vit
1 tsp cranberry syrup (purchased or prepared)
dash of herbal bitters 
3 oz sparkling wine

PREPARATION
To make syrup combine 6 oz of frozen or fresh cranberries, 1 cup of water and 3/4 cup of sugar in saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer until cranberries are falling apart (about 15 minutes). Strain and allow syrup to cool. Extra syrup can be stored in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Combine the Øster Vit, syrup and bitters in mixing glass. Strain to flute and top with sparkling wine.

SUBMITTED BY
Kristi Croxton of James River Distillery
2700 Hardy St. Richmond, VA 23220

23 Skiddoo, featuring James River Distillery

This festive drink is beautiful to look at and even better to drink. With a hint of cranberry it is perfect to drink at all your upcoming holiday celebrations!

INGREDIENTS
1 oz Commonwealth Gin
.5 oz St. Germain
.25 oz thyme syrup
.25 oz lemon juice
3 oz sparkling wine (any Champagne, Prosecco, etc. will do since other ingredients are the star)

PREPARATION
For syrup combine 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add thyme leaves and let stand for an hour. (can refrigerate any leftovers)
Fill mixing glass with ice and add gin, St. Germain, syrup, and lemon juice. Mix and strain into flute. Top with the bubbly and garnish with thyme sprig. Enjoy!

SUBMITTED BY
Kristi Croxton of James River Distillery
2700 Hardy St. Richmond, VA 23220

Straight Merriment! featuring James River Distillery

Our Straight Merriment is a spin on the classic cocktails, The Aviation and The Casino. We find it perfect for the holidays. It’s straight alcohol but delivered in a smooth and classy way. A perfect sipping drink when celebrating with family!

INGREDIENTS
1.5 oz. Continental Gin
.75 oz. Øster Vit 
2-3 dashes maraschino liqueur

PREPARATION
Combine all ingredients and garnish with a dill sprig

SUBMITTED BY
Kristi Croxton of James River Distillery
2700 Hardy St. Richmond, VA 23220

Continental Dash, featuring James River Distillery

This cocktail was inspired by the classic smashes and juleps. The deep muddling of basil gives it a refreshing and herbaceous flavor that is sure to satisfy on a warm spring or summer day.

INGREDIENTS
Chilled Coupe Glass
5-8 basil leaves
1 1/2 oz Continental Gin from James River Distillery
1/2 oz rich simple syrup
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
1/4 oz Green Chartreuse

PREPARATION
In small part of shaking tin, add the basil and RSS and muddle. Next add the rest of the ingredients. Shake vigorously with ice for 10-12 seconds. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a mint leaf. Be sure to smack the mint to release the essence.

SUBMITTED BY
Paul Kirk of Rappahannock Restaurant
320 E Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219

Side Show, featuring James River Distillery

Using a lavender infused blueberry puree and the botanical essences of Commonwealth Gin, we created a delicious summer sipper.

INGREDIENTS
2 oz Commonwealth Gin, from James River Distillery
2 oz Lavender infused Blueberry puree
.5 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice

PREPARATION
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with lavender sprig and lemon twist.

SUBMITTED BY
Christi Davis of The Blue Apron Restaurant and Red Rooster Bar
210 East Main Street, Salem, VA 24153

Virginia Jewel, featuring James River Distillery

This recipe came about after my bartenders accidentally “invented” a classic cocktail that I like quite a bit, the Bijou. I modified it a bit and made something that is a bit more Virginia-Centric.

INGREDIENTS
.75oz James River Ostervit
.75oz A Smith Bowman Sunset Hills Gin
.75oz War & Rust Virginia Quinquina
.75oz Yellow Chartreuse
2 Dashes Orange Bitters (We split the dashes between Fee Bros. and Regan’s, which are very different. Angostura Orange is an acceptable substitute)

PREPARATION
Chill a coupe or cocktail glass. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass. Stir well, and strain into chilled glass. Garnish with a flamed orange peel.

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

Front Royal, featuring KO and James River Distilleries

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 sizable amount of #VaSpirits behind the bar.

INGREDIENTS
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

PREPARATION
Shaken, strained over large ice cube in a rox glass with a twist of lemon

SUBMITTED BY
Beth Dixon of Pasture
416 E Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219