Tag: Vitae

Pamplemousse Rose, featuring Vitae Spirits


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)

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

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!”

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

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.

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

Vitae Mai Tai, featuring Vitae Distillery

This cocktail is inspired by the Stay-cation combining a tropical getaway with a spirit from home.

2 oz Vitae Golden Rum
1/2 oz orgeat
1/2 oz orange curacao
3/4 oz lime juice 

Build all ingredients into a mixing tin, add ice, shake vigorously and strain over fresh crushed ice in a glass. garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint.

Michael Avery of HOUSEpitality Family
4602 Millridge Parkway Midlothian, VA 23112

Southern Squeeze, featuring Cirrus

A spin on a vodka or “spiked” lemonade but with a hint of watermelon to balance acidity and lemon/lime soda to provide slight effervescence. A perfect cocktail to enjoy in the shade of a covered patio on a hot summer afternoon.

1.5 oz Cirrus Vodka
1 oz Watermelon Simple Syrup
Freshly squeezed juice from half of a lemon
Lemon/Lime Soda (to top off)

Build all ingredients (except lemon/lime soda) into a mixing glass with ice and gently stir. Strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with ice and top off with lemon/lime soda. Give one final gentle stir. Garnish with a wheel or wedge of lemon.

Matt Billingsley of the Postbellum
1323 W. Main St. Richmond, VA 23220

Daiquiri, featuring Vitae Spirits

The classic daiquiri is one of the best ways to introduce and showcase a white rum.

2 oz Vitae Spirits platinum rum
3/4 oz fresh lime
1/2 oz 2:1 simple syrup

2:1 simple syrup/over medium heat combine 2 cups of white sugar with 1 cup of water and stir until dissolved

    Combine all and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

    Thomas Leggett of The Roosevelt
    623 North 25th Street Richmond, VA 23223

    A Dot and Three Dashes, featuring Vitae Spirits

    The original Three Dots and a Dash was a Donn Beach original from the 1940’s. We took that and turned it on its head. It’s exotic and has nicely spiced finish for a surprise vacation.

    1 oz. Vitae White Rum
    0.5 oz. Zaya Blended Rum
    0.75 oz. Lime Juice
    0.75 oz. Pineapple Cordial
    0.5 oz. Honey Syrup (1:1)
    0.25 oz. Passion Fruit Cordial
    0.25 oz. St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram

    Chill a ceramic Tiki Mug of your choosing (11 oz. recommended). Build cocktail in shaker. Shake thoroughly. Single Strain. Add ice to fill. Garnish with lime wheel, “wrecked” tiki umbrella, bendy straws, and whatever other absurd tiki garnishes you have.

    Matt Savopoulos of The Whiskey Jar
    227 W Main St. Charlottesville, VA 22902

    Pineapple Jerk, featuring Vitae Spirits

    This cocktail was intended to capture all the feeling of grilling in the backyard on a hot summer day.

    2 oz Vitae Spirits Golden Rum
    1 oz Jerk-spiked Pineapple Cordial
    1/2 oz lemon
    5 drops BBQ Bitters 

    Add all ingredients to a shaker, add ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice in a high ball or tiki glass. Garnish with quarter-folded orange wheel.

    Mark Lungociu of The Local
    824 Hinton Ave Charlottesville, VA 22902