Category: Vitae Cocktails

Pamplemousse Rose, featuring Vitae Spirits

 alt=

INGREDIENTS
1 oz Vitae Spirits Orange Liqueur
1.5 oz fresh grapefruit juice
1 oz rose simple syrup (1 part sugar, 2 parts water, 1/8 parts rose water)

PREPARATION
Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Add 1 cup medium ice. Shake vigorously. Pour in a cocktail glass. Garnish with rose petal (optional). Enjoy!

Pumpkin Flip, Featuring Vitae Spirits Distillery

Tasting Room Associate Kerrie Pierce came up with this delicious fall riff on a classic Flip cocktail

INGREDIENTS
1.5 oz. Vitae Spirits Orange Liqueur
0.5 oz. pumpkin syrup (see below for recipe)
1 oz. Heavy cream
0.5 oz egg white

Pumpkin syrup-
2 cups water
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 oz fresh ginger sliced
1/2 tsp whole cloves
1/8 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
1 tsp whole allspice
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 vanilla bean split open, seeds scraped out
-Using whole spices, not ground. heat water and sugar until sugar dissolves, mix in pumpkin and spices, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, let cool, then strain thoroughly.

SUBMITTED BY
TJ Drake of Vitae Spirits Distillery
715 Henry Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Naughty or Nice, Featuring Vitae Spirits Distillery

Developed by our Tasting Room Associate Kerrie Pierce for our Winter 2016 tasting room cocktail menu. Naughty or Nice’s color combination is perfect for the holiday season and its sweet and sour flavor profile makes it dangerously easy to go down.

INGREDIENTS
1.5 oz. Vitae Spirits Modern Gin
3/4 oz. cranberry shrub
3/4 oz. orange blossom simple syrup
rosemary sprig
__________________
CRANBERRY SHRUB
1 large orange
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups cranberries
1 cup apple cider vinegar

DIRECTIONS
1. Produce orange sugar: Using a peeler remove orange zest in long strips and place in a bowl with sugar. Muddle orange zest with sugar, cover, and then let sit for a minimum of an hour. Remove zest from bowl and discard, while reserving the oily sugar.
2. Juice the orange and set it aside.
3. Add cranberries and vinegar to blender and blend until pureed.
4. Combine cranberry-vinegar mixture, orange juice, and orange sugar in a non-reactive container then allow to steep at room temperature for at least two days.
5. Strain off solids through a fine strainer or cheese cloth and retain the cranberry shrub liquid.

SUBMITTED BY
TJ Drake of Vitae Spirits Distillery
715 Henry Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Hot Buttered Rum, Featuring Vitae Spirits Distillery

There is nothing better than a spicy rich hot rum drink on a cold winter day. This member of our Winter 2016 tasting room cocktail menu is not for the faint at heart.

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 oz. Vitae Spirits Platinum Rum
3 oz. (~2 to 3 tbs) spiced butter
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
hot water
__________________

SPICED BUTTER
1/4 cup quality salted butter
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 tbs high grade molasses
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 ground fresh ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
Mix all ingredients. Microwave briefly if needed to soften butter. Let sit at least overnight in the refrigerator.

SUBMITTED BY
TJ Drake of Vitae Spirits Distillery
715 Henry Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Golden Oldie, featuring Vitae Spirits

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
1 1/2 oz. Vitae Spirits Golden Rum
1 tbs cane sugar
1/4 oz. cinnamon orange bitters
lemon peel
rum cured cherry

PREPARATION
Muddle lemon peel with bitters and sugar in a rocks glass.
Add ice and rum. Stir until sugar has dissolved.
Garnish with a cherry.

SUBMITTED BY
Vitae Spirits Distillery
715 Henry Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Platinum Daiquiri, featuring Vitae Spirits

This cocktail was inspired by the classic daiquiri. The simplicity of its ingredients allows our platinum rum to shine through and the vanilla bean simple syrup accentuates the flavors already present in the rum. This cocktail is perfect for a hot day, by the pool or beach. It is simple, quick to make, and very refreshing!

INGREDIENTS
1.5 oz Vitae Spirits Platinum Rum
1 oz Vanilla bean Simple syrup
juice from half a lime

VANILLA BEAN SYRUP
Bring 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup water to a boil and then simmer in a covered pot . Turn off heat and add 1/4 of a vanilla bean. Let cool and store in refrigerator with the vanilla bean in the syrup for up to one month.

SUBMITTED BY
Vitae Spirits Distillery
715 Henry Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Provence, featuring Vitae Spirits

A trip to France in a glass! Our Orange Liqueur and Modern Gin pair with a blueberry shrub and a local wildflower honey simple. Topped with a twist of lime to add a little zip of citrus. This refreshing cocktail is perfect for a hot day!

INGREDIENTS
1 oz. Vitae Spirits Orange Liqueur
.5 oz. Vitae Spirits Modern Gin
.5 oz. Wildflower Honey Simple
3/4 oz Blueberry Lavender Shru

PREPARATION: 
Blueberry Lavender Shrub – Mix 16 oz of blueberries with 1 cup of sugar, mashing berries lightly and let sit for 48 hours. Place 2 tablespoons of dried lavender buds in 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and let sit for 48 hours. Strain lavender from vinegar, as well as the berries from the syrup. Mix syrup and vinegar together. Keep stored in fridge.

Wildflower Honey Syrup – Bring to a boil 2 cups of water and 1 cup of honey. Turn of heat and let simmer till cooled.

SUBMITTED BY
Vitae Spirits Distillery
715 Henry Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Pamplemousse Rose, featuring Vitae Spirits

A rare Orange only Cocktail, this summery cocktail is light and refreshing with fresh grapefruit juice and a splash of rosewater simple for a gentle floral finish. Perfectly refreshing for a hot day.

INGREDIENTS
1.5 oz. Vitae Spirits Orange Liqueur
1.5 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
1 oz. rose simple syrup (1 part sugar 2 parts water 1/8 parts rose water)

PREPARATION
1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker
2. Add 1 cup medium ice
3. Shake vigorously
4. Pour in a cocktail glass.
5. Garnish with rose pedal.

SUBMITTED BY
Vitae Spirits Distillery
715 Henry Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Songbird, featuring Vitae Spirits

The Local focuses on (you guessed it: local) home-grown traditional American cuisine, with some Asian, French, and Italian influence. As Alec says, “the local products available to us are fantastic, and are held to an extremely high standard in this area by both restaurants and consumers alike. And as far as freshness goes, it’s a no-brainer: the closer your product is created, the fresher it will be when you serve/pour/sell it to your customers!”

INGREDIENTS
2 oz. Vitae Platinum Rum
¾ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 oz. Blueberry-Lavender-Mint Cordial**
small pinch of salt 

PREPARATION
Add all ingredients to a shaker. Add ice, shake until well-chilled, and double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a floating lavender sprig or a lime peel.

SUBMITTED BY
Alec Spidalieri of The Local
824 Hinton Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22902