Category: KO Cocktails

Rosemary Rickey, Featuring KO Distilling

Bunch of fresh rosemary
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 oz Battle Standard 142 Navy Strength Gin
Seltzer Water

Simmer rosemary, sugar, and water in a small saucepan over low heat to make a simple syrup.  Let cool. Strain into an airtight container to remove the rosemary, and set aside.

Pour gin over ice, and add .25 oz simple syrup. Refrigerate the rest of the simple syrup for later use.  Top with seltzer water, and garnish with a fresh rosemary sprig.

Gin Rickey, featuring KO Distilling

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

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.

Forgiveness, Not Permission, featuring KO Distilling

The Roosevelt’s cuisine is a nontraditional celebration of the South, and the drinks are “damn tasty, made from mostly local ingredients,” according to Esquire Magazine when they named The Roosevelt one of the Best Bars in America. Thomas’ creative partner, Chef Gregory, has been a James Beard Award semifinalist not once, not twice, but three times (2013, 2014, 2015). They both do what they can to support their local community, especially because, as Chef Gregory says, “It’s an exciting time to be drinking in Virginia.” 

1 oz. KO Distilling Battle Standard Navy Strength Gin
1 oz. Oloroso Sherry
1 oz. Pierre Ferrand Orange Curaçao
1 Dash Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters 

Combine all with ice and stir till chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon peel.

Thomas “T” Leggett of The Roosevelt
623 N 25th St, Richmond, VA 23223

Front Royal, featuring KO and James River Distilleries

Beth’s special September cocktail “Front Royal” features two #VaSpirits: KO Distilling Battle Standard Navy Strength Gin and James River Distillery Øster Vit. Beth carries a sizable amount of #VaSpirits behind the bar.

1 oz. of KO Distilling Battle Standard Navy Strength Gin
1 oz. of James River Distillery Øster Vit
½ oz. of Black Locust vinegar
½ oz. of lemon
½ oz. of simple syrup

Shaken, strained over large ice cube in a rox glass with a twist of lemon

Beth Dixon of Pasture
416 E Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219

The Tennyson Martini, featuring KO Distilling

The Tennyson is named after Frank Tennyson, one of Mama J’s regulars who passed away unexpectedly this year. Frank sat at their bar at least four or five times a week and was considered family.

2 oz. KO Distilling Battle Standard Navy Strength Gin
1/2 oz. Dry Vermouth
Splash of Tonic Water
Cucumber slices

Stir or shake the gin, vermouth and tonic in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Make a slit in cucumber and run around the rim and drop it in.

Kelli Lemon of Mama J’s
415 N 1st St, Richmond, VA 23219