Category: other spirits

James River Distillery: Meet Virginia Makers

Here at James River Distillery, we feel being located in Richmond, Virginia, is just about the best place to be. From the mountains to the sea, Virginia has a bit of everything and you can’t beat being in the capital, the heart of it all. Virginia offers a bounty of agriculture, so it’s not hard to come by quality local products and we love using all we can…

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Pamplemousse Rose, featuring Vitae Spirits

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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!

Cureo White Russian, featuring Chesapeake Bay Distillery

INGREDIENTS
1.5 oz Cureo Coffee Liqueur by Chesapeake Bay Distillery
1/2 oz Blue Ridge Vodka by Chesapeake Bay Distillery
1/2 oz vanilla simple syrup
2 oz half and half
Cinnamon or nutmeg, as optional garnish

PREPARATION
In an 8 oz glass, add ice and vanilla simple syrup. Add vodka, Cureo coffee liqueur, andtop off with half and half. Give a light stir, sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg as a garnish. Enjoy!

The Two Timer, featuring Catoctin Creek

We wanted a cocktail using the savory notes of aquavit to play off of refreshing apple and celery flavors. We had collaborated with Catoctin Creek to produce a limited run of a cocktail we had featured in the past, a Cold Apple Toddy. We sent them a recipe, and they produced what is essentially a bottled cocktail: apples roasted in spices and sugar, which they blended with their Quarter Branch Apple Brandy and then aged in their apple brandy casks. The result is sweetly apply but light and delicate, with lots of clove and cinnamon notes.

We take the resulting Catoctin Creek Spiced Apple Toddy and blend it with aquavit, celery, brandy, and black walnut bitters to make an intense, spirit-forward cocktail that is bursting with savory and sweet spices, which are tempered by the green and refreshing notes of the apple and celery.

INGREDIENTS
1.5 oz Linie Aquavit
0.5 oz Catoctin Creek 1757 Virginia Brandy
0.5 oz Celery-infused Catoctin Creek Spiced Apple Toddy
1 barspoon Rich Simple Syrup
2 droppers Bittermens Orchard St. Celery Shrub
6 drops Fee Bros Black Walnut Bitters

PREPARATION
Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass over ice, strain over a large ice cube in a rocks glass.
Garnish with a celery leaf laid flat on the ice cube.

SUBMITTED BY
JP Fetherston of Columbia Room
124 Blagden Alley NW Washington, D.C. 20001

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

Gin Rickey, featuring KO Distilling

INGREDIENTS
1 lime, halved
1 oz Battle Standard 142 Navy Strength Gin
Sparkling water
Optional – dash of simple syrup

PREPARATION
Squeeze the two lime halves into a glass, and then add the rind. Add ice, pour gin over the mix, and top with sparkling water.  Garnish with a lime wheel.

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