Tag: Gin 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.

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)

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

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.

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)

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

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!

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)

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!

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!

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

Combine all ingredients and garnish with a dill sprig

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

Winter is Coming, Featuring Copper Fox Distillery

A creamy flip to dance across your tongue and delight you with the flavors of the holidays. This gin inspired cocktail from Maggie will leave you looking for more!

1 egg white
1oz Half & Half
1oz Copper Fox VirGin
1oz Cinnamon Anise Syrup
½ Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
Fresh nutmeg and lemon zest (twist)

Add all ingredients to iced shaker and shake vigorously.
Prepare fresh glass with ice.
Grate fresh nutmeg and lemon zest over the top (or lemon twist).

Maggie Holden and Jessie Coggins of Copper Fox Distillery
901 Capitol Landing Road Williamsburg, VA 23185

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.

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

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.

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

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.

.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)

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.

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

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

Serenity Now, featuring James River Distillery

The name came about because I probably watch way too much T.V. This is the perfect summer cocktail, it’s refreshing and dry at the same time. 

1 ounce Commonwealth Gin
1/2 ounce Cocchi Americano
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce cucumber mint syrup
2 dashes lemon bitters
1 ounce dry sparkling wine

Muddle two slices of fresh cucumber with the cucumber mint syrup and bitters. Add remaining ingredients (minus the wine) and shake. Double strain into a coupe or champagne flute and top with sparkling wine.

Melissa Smith of the Rappahannock Oyster Bar
1309 5th St., NE, DC, 20002