Tag: James River Distillery 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

Early Morning Breeze, featuring James River Distillery and Belle Isle Moonshine

I decided to name this series of Virginia Spirits drinks after Dolly Parton Songs. Music is a huge influence for comfort, and Michele (one of the owners) and myself are huge Dolly Fans! Early Morning Breeze suited the feel of this drink well I think.

INGREDIENTS
1 oz. Belle Isle Grapefruit
1 oz. Dolin Blanc
.5 Oz. James River Distillery Ostervit
.25 oz. lime
dropper hopped grapefruit bitters

PREPARATION
Add ingredients to tin, plus ice, shake vigorously, strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

SUBMITTED BY
Beth Dixon of Comfort
200. W. Broad St. Richmond, VA 23220