Category: James River

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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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

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