Kelly & Alisa
Back Forty Beer Co.
Freckle Belly India Pale Ale-
The name alone makes me want to order up a pint of this pale Ale. this full-bodied India Pale Ale is loaded with fresh hops for a powerful blend of citrus, pine and fruit aromas. The firm malt backbone works well with the bold hop finish that everyone expects from an IPA.The best part about this website is that they do food pairings with all the different beers. It would be so fun to do a food and beer pairing party for friends.
Smoked Salmon Vodka-
When I first read about this smoked Salmon flavored vodka I thought Holy Bloody Mary! This will be like fine dining in a glass. Alaska Distillery also makes so great flavors like Rhubarb (great with lemonade), Fire weed, Birch Syrup, Hemp seed, and honey flavored vodka.
Desert Diamond Distillery
dark rum and add hints of delicate specialty flavors including Agave, and we arrive at a delicious one of a kind after dinner sipping rum. My husbend loves rum and some times it is a little boring and all taste the same but Gold Miner hit the jackpot with this hand crafted rum.
Rock Town Distillery
Little Rock, AR
A handmade using a copper potstill, one small batch at a time. What makes this gin special is the mix of botanicals we use and the technique we use to infuse the flavors in the spirit. This Gin would be great in a Martini especially in a Churchhill Martini!
Brandon's Gin served in a martini glass, usually shaken over ice.
Made popular by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who when once asked how much vermouth he would like in his martini, was quoted as replying
``I would like to observe the vermouth from across the room while I drink my martini.``
You have to love a man who love his gin!
Distillery No. 209
San Fransisco CA
To our knowledge, No. 209 Kosher-for-Passover Gin is the only certified kosher-for-Passover gin in the world. In order for observant Jews to have a gin they could enjoy over Passover, Leslie Rudd asked No. 209’s Ginerator, Arne Hillesland, and associate winemaker Jonathon Hadju from kosher Covenant Wines to develop a gin that was as close as possible to No. 209’s taste profile and strictly adhered to kosher-for-Passover standards. We knew that it was not a simple feat since kosher standards preclude using any grain based spirit, and additionally, several key botanicals are not Passover approved. This idea of Kosher gin rocked my world in about a 100 different ways!
Peach Street Distillers
Jack and Jenny Peach Brandy-
Handcrafted with organic Palisade Peaches. Picked by hand, pitted by hand, crafted by hand.
I am from Colorado and this stuff is good. Colorado is known for growing peaches. Brandy is a great way to top off any evening and is also good over ice cream!
Onyx Moonshine is the first moonshine to be produced in Connecticut since prohibition. Our authentic American moonshine is handcrafted in small batches from our very own secret recipe. Extremely smooth and delicious, Onyx Moonshine can be enjoyed:
…on the rocks,
…as an exciting replacement for vodka or whiskey in your favorite cocktails, OR
…to make actual prohibition era cocktails.
Moonshine is a truly American spirit, and while not yet part of mainstream American liquors, it can be extremely high quality and enjoyable.
My Father is from Kentucky and My Mother is from West Virgina so Moonshine is what my "people" come from! If this was sold in a mason jar I think my grandfather would felt like the world had become a better place just because Onyx was created. If they start selling this in MN it will be a game changer!
Dogfish Head Spirits
Rehoboth Beach, DE
Blue Hen Vodkas-
We carefully hand-infuse our Blue Hen Vodka with fruits and spices at our Rehoboth Beach Brewpub & Distillery. Selections vary by season, but some of our infusions include; orange, raspberry, vanilla, dark chocolate, guava, garlic (great for Bloody Mary's!), apple, and more! I think Garlic Vodka could be the new go to for a savory drinks. I love savory spicy drinks and the ideas are endless with such a unique flavor.
Florida Caribbean Distillers
Lake Alfred, FL
Charro Gold Tequila-
One does not think Tequila and FL but I say why not! The Gold is one of three Tequila's they make along with rum, Whiskey, Gin, Vodka, wine, and cordials. They have everything except a brewery. It's easy to make your own "skinny" margarita at home, all you need it fresh lime juice agave nectar (this can usually be found in the same area as honey, it has less sugar and replaces the triple sec) and I add a little diet sprite and a salt rim, YUM!Georgia
Thirteenth Colony Distilleries
Southern Corn Whiskey-
13th Colony Southern Corn Whiskey is the first aged spirit released by the South Georgia craft distillery. The whiskey is bottled in a unique decanter with wooden and cork finish closure and a label reflecting it southern roots and the premium aged spirit waiting to be sipped and enjoyed. Truly, a unique and distinctive distilled spirit, each bottle is personally signed and numbered by Thirteenth Colony distiller, Graham Arthur. Take a look at the web site because they have some neat drink ideas for an old south party theme. This Corn Whiskey is the answer for the long cold winter months in MN. I can imagine sitting on my couch watching the Civil War documentary all night. God Bless 13th Colony!
Unique and proprietary lava filtration produces an exceptionally smooth vodka. Island Distillers also makes a Vodka made from cane sugar. Cane Vodka Unlike most vodkas made from corn or other grains, tropical sugar cane creates an unsurpassed purity.
Rainier Cherry Vodka-
I have to be up front with my feeling that this sounds like the best vodka ever. I am going to get it today! 44° North Rainier Cherry Flavored Vodka features the very best that Idaho has to offer. This vodka features a rare and delicate cherry that is combined with 100% Idaho Potato Vodka. It is perfect on the rocks, straight up, or in any number of signature cocktails. Check out the website because the huckleberry flavor looks to die for and the drink ideas they have look so good.
This liqueur perfectly captures the floral bouquet and enchanting flavor of jasmine flowers. Its delicate character blends beautifully in floral cocktails. Try mixing it with Raksi Millet for a full-flavored martini. Koval also makes a Rose Hip, Orange Blossom, Ginger, Chrysanthemum Honey, and Coffee Liqueur along with other spirits. The recipe collection for KOVAL has a lot of great ideas. I could see using it to make signature drinks for a wedding or birthday party. The website is a must see and the distillery is a must see if you are ever in Chicago! I enjoyed it more then i can say!!!!!!!!!
OLIVER BEANBLOSSOM HARD CIDER-
|Crisp and refreshing with a lively spritz. Crafted from the juice of gently-pressed Midwestern apples. Exceptionally delicious, perfectly refreshing!|
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Calico Skies Vineyard
A light bodied, pure blueberry wine with intense blueberry character and a scrumptious blueberry finish. A perfect brunch or breakfast wine! Also great with a range of cheese and pairs well with smoked meat, nuts, and your favorite dessert. I think this wine could become one of the new loves of my A.M. drinking life. check out Calico Skies website for a list of all the other fab wines they make!
Blind Tiger Brewery
TIGER PAW PORTER-
A dark, deep brown with ruby highlights, coffee flavor up front followed by a chocolate finish, low hop aroma, and low bitterness. I have been to Blind Tiger on one of work trips and I love that place. you will never drink and eat in a more interesting place. It is like you are a brewer watching your beer while you eat your pulled pork platter. This is Midwest at it's best!
Barrel House Distilling Company
Devil John Moonshine-
I've had moonshine twice and let me tell you it will certainly clear out your sinuses! Because Kentucky is part of the moonshine belt, I thought a moonshine would only do! Plus, Barrel house has some DELICIOUS looking recipes ranging from a moonshine margarita to a moonshine cosmo!
"Devil John Moonshine is made in honor of the legendary Devil John, Civil War soldier, lawman & moonshiner from Kentucky. This small batch spirit looks back to a time when many a still ran in the hills of Kentucky to quench the thirst of men like Devil John and his crew. Devil John Moonshine is handcrafted by Barrel House Distilling Co. in building no. 9 at 90 proof with the highest quality and attention to detail."
Old New Orleans Louisiana Rum
New Orleans, LA
Cajun Spiced Rum-
How can you go to New Orleans without having Rum? This particular cajun spiced rum looks great! The street car Newport Storm Beers#1 recipe on their website looks out of this world!
"A blend of rums are combined with the kick of cayenne and cinnamon, hints of nutmeg, ginger, and cloves to create this truly unique, truly New Orleans flavor."
Shipyard Brewing Co.
We have had a very brutal summer here in Wisconsin and sometimes I can't think of anything better than an ice cold light beer. My other half loves shipyard brewery, and their new Shipyard summer ale looks so refreshing.
"Shipyard Summer Ale is a traditional American wheat beer. With its inviting golden color, mellow malted wheat flavor and less hoppy characteristics, it’s sure to please those looking for a clean, cool taste sensation on long, hot summer days. "
Black Water Distilling Company
Sloop Betty Wheat Vodka-
I must admit, I picked this vodka because of the label, and while reading the recipes I couldn't say no to the "daily pinup" made with sloop vodka, lemon juice, sugar, honey and iced tea, you all know how much I love iced tea cocktails!
"SLOOP BETTY is a hand crafted wheat vodka made in Maryland. Smooth, with a crisp undertone, the pure, natural ingredients of a small batch vodka come through as you savor every delicious drop. Designed with both vodka connoisseurs and those new to the pleasure of the cocktail hour, Sloop Betty can be enjoyed alone or mixed in a drink."
Berkshire Mountain Distilers
With my old age, I've become a sucker for good whiskey, perhaps I can pick some of this up when we are out in Boston at the end of the month!
"Berkshire Mountain Distillers‘ Corn Whiskey is handcrafted in small batches using local corn sourced from a farmer two miles from the distillery. It is aged over oak and cherry wood that is cut, milled and charred by hand on the farm. 43% ABV, 750ml."
This distiller also has award winning Gins, Vodka, Rum and Bourbon!
Hard Luck Candy Distributors
Red Fish Flavored Vodka-
The name explains it all! Drinking your favorite childhood who could say no to that offer? with three other flavors including, Orange Dream, Lemon drop, and Root Beer Barrel gives an adult activity a child like whimsy. Hard Lucks website has some great cocktails you can make with all 4 offerings my favorite is Red Fish Martini. What a creative product!
Blue Earth Bourbon-
It's in the barrel. Look for Blue Earth Bourbon in spring 2014. Trust me–it'll be worth the wait.
A quote from the website below is one of the many reasons I picked pather to represent my new home state of MN. They do have a gin and white water whisky you can buy now. But great things come to those that wait!
We’re proud to be Minnesota’s first legal whiskey distillery and we’re dedicated to continuing Minnesota's heritage of exceptional distilled spirits that goes back to Prohibition. With a wealth of natural resources in our backyard, we can’t think of a better place to make the finest tasting whiskey and spirits.
Cathead vodka has come out with the first ever honeysuckle vodka! What drew me to this specific distillery was the fact that they donate to live music! "By all means possible, we look to align ourselves with foundations who support live music, genuine arts and the fine southern heritage that is the BLUES. We pledge to provide $1 of every 750ML sold to help support foundations that agree with our cause." My mouth is watering for this cocktail!:
SELA’S HONEYSUCKLE WATERMELON
8 cups seeded and cubed watermelon (about 1 [6-lb] watermelon)
1 cup CATHEAD HONEYSUCKLE Vodka
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup sugar
4 cups ice cubes
2 cups lemon-lime soft drink
garnishes: lime slices, diced watermelon, fresh mint leaves
1. Process watermelon in a blender or food processor until smooth. Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a large pitcher, using back of a spoon to squeeze out juice; discard solids.
2. Stir CATHEAD HONEYSUCKLE ingredients into watermelon juice. Add ice, and top with soft drinks; gently stir. Serve immediately
KeKe Beach Key Lim Liqueur-
Key Lime Pie is probably my favorite dessert so it goes without saying that I was so excited to find this gem! This can virtually be mixed with anything, but I suggest mixing it with vanilla vodka and serve it in a martini glass with a graham cracker crust! YUM!
I spent 6 years in Montana 4 in collage and 2 as a young professional. Everything in Montana is unbridled and and world class. From The skiing, fishing, whitewater rafting and rock climbing to the world class education at the University and Colleges. Montana is truly the last great place! This is the whiskey that started it all for RoughStock. RoughStock Montana Malt Whiskey is made with a 100% Montana grown and malted barley mash, water from streams fed by high-elevation snowmelt, double distilled and finally aged in carefully selected and lightly charred virgin American white oak barrels. Cultivated from grain to glass in small batches, our Western-Style Malt Whiskey is handmade perfection!
Upstream Brewing Company
NOLITA Rye Ale-
This unique rye beer was inspired by The Manhattan Cocktail (rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, bitters and with a kiss of cherry juice and garnished with a cherry). I'm a sucker for Ale's and there really is nothing better than a beer aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels (Templeton Rye at that!) but you'd better enjoy just one, this full-flavored beer retails for $14.99
Big Dog's Brewing Company
Las Vegas, NV
Holy Cow! Pale Ale-
Being from WI, how could I not want to try the Holy Cow! Pale Ale? These brewmasters have even made a Wisconsin-esqe draft house connected to their brewery! I'd guess this brewery is the Wisconsin fan's home away from home, all Badger and Packer games are played here! In the heat of Nevada there's nothing I'd rather drink than an ice cold pale ale, Big Dog's says it's a light amber with distinctive northwest hop character, YUM! Big Dog's is now available in several stores in the Las Vegas area as well!
Sea Hagg Distillery
North Hampton, NH
Sea Hagg Silver Rum -
Sea Hagg Silver Rum is crafted in small batches from sugar cane molasses grown and produced in the United States. Our rum is distilled in a traditional copper alembic pot still, aged in custom toasted barrels, and bottled by hand at our distillery. This product is a full bodied clear rum ideal for sipping slightly chilled or cocktail mixing. I just like the name!
Teresa Giudice (from the Real Housewives of New Jersey)
Fabellini Peach Sparkling Wine-
I can't help myself I love this women! I ordered this Sparkling wine because i was down right curious when it cam out. To be honest it's great........... It is not like drinking a bottel of 200.00 champgane but what it is good for is brunch with the girls, garden parties, wedding showers, baby showers, and girls night out. Fabellini is a wonderful alternative to a mimosa. Way to go Teresa this is fab!
Tractor Brewing Company
Los Lunas, NM
Haymaker Honey Wheat-
I love a well brewed beer and Tractor brewing has made me a beer farmer (this is what Tractor Brewing calls its followers). I am looking forward to trying the seasonal brews that TB offers such as Barn Storm and California Red. On a side note the people that work at "the beer farm" seem like a lot of fun! With a website name like www.getplowed.com, would you expect anything other than fun?! This sounds like my kind of brewery!
Delaware Phoenix Distillery
Meadow of Love Absinthe-
Absinthe was banned in the United States for 97 years. It was banned because of multiple instances of harmful effects and even deaths of its drinkers, most of which were due to over indulgence of the green spirit. The banned was lifted in 2007after the band was lifted many brands have been released with lower thujone levels. The Meadow of Love is referred to as a more floral, feminine, and drier absinthe. The core six herbs are grand wormwood, anise, fennel, roman wormwood, hyssp, and lemon balm in different proportions than the Walton Waters. The seventh herb is violet. I think we all should try new things!North Carolina
Carriage House Authentic Apple Brandy-
This apple Brandy is made with local North Carolina Pink Lady apples and is "handcrafted in a copper pot and bottles one barrel at a time to give each batch its own unique character and flavor." Because I'm from WI, the state that consumes a massive amount of Brandy for our signature "Old Fashioned," I thought this Apple brandy would be great in a brandy old fashioned sweet perhaps with apple flavored bitters! The owners of this distillery are currently creating a strawberry brandy which sounds delicious as well!North Dakota
Maple River Distillery
Elderberry (Vodka, Cordials, and Brandy)-
Maple River takes a 11 flavors and make a rum, cordials, and Brandy for them all. This would be such a fun way to try new flavors in different formats. Everything is produced in small quantities using local fruits from North Dakota. Some items they only have between 4-5 bottle production runs.Ohio
Middle West Sprits
OYO Stone Fruit Vodka-
What could be better than a vodka infused with montgomery cherries, sweet yellow peaches and apricots? This is a fruit-forward vodka that uses all local stone fruits. The mixology part of Middle West Sprits is great as well, I think the Columbus Cup sounds delish, I have been enjoying all cocktails with Ginger Beer and it's nice to see something other than whiskey paired with it!
COLUMBUS CUP (Stone Vodka Pimm's)
- 1.5 oz OYO Stone Fruit Vodka
- .5 oz Pimm’s
- Your selection of local, seasonal fruits mudled. ( Always use cucumber, and then your choice of other fruits--peach, strawberry, watermelon, etc)
- All built in short glass, top with ginger beer and ice
Sparks Vinyard and Winery
Raspberry Dessert Wine-
I'm a huge fan of dessert, but not the calories, so I love any type of adult beverage that mimics dessert! This ultra-sweet Raspberry Wine goes perfect on it's own or with chocolate. Sparks has many other sweet dessert options as well as a large list of Reds and semi-sweet wines!
This became popular in Italy and during prohibition in the U.S. This bitersweet liqueur is derived from in cinchona bark and the flavor is enhanced with other natural botanicals and flowers. Calisaya can be on the rocks, straight up, mixed with coffee or poured over ice cream. I think I'll have to try this with expresso!
Boyd & Blair
Potato vodkas make a naturally sweeter vodka, and Boyd and Blair use only locally grown Pennsylvania potatoes! I love a little added sweetness to vodka, so I tend to prefer potato vodka! This strawberry fields martini sounds so refreshing!
Strawberry Fields Martini
2.5 oz. Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka, 1 oz. Lillet Blanc, simple syrup, strawberries and basil.
Place 3 to 4 strawberries, 2 torn basil leaves, 1/2 oz. simple syrup, Boyd & Blair and Lillet Blance in a cocktail shaker and muddle. Add ice and shake. Strain into martini glass and garnish with basil leaf.
Newport Storm Beers
Hurricane Amber Ale-
This is the first beer Newport Storm brewed and is still one of the most popular. I love a good ale, especially one that is easy to drink during this heat wave! There is a perfect balance between hops and malt! This will be yet another drink I will look for while I'm out east!
Wadmalaw Island, SC
When I first started buying this mint Tea from Firely I wanted so badly for the botle to have bugs that glowed in the dark. I forgive Firefly for the lack of glow in the dark because this stuff is just plain good.
Mint Tea Flavored Vodka. Each sip is like a cool breath of fresh air that makes you want to exhale with a long contented “ahhh.” This is the original Firefly Sweet Tea Flavored Vodka with natural mint flavor. It’s a refreshing taste, with a little kick.
Coyote 100 Light Whiskey-
Coyote 100 is just one more reason to go to South Dakota. Dakota Spirits also makes Brandy and Vodka. The Vodka Bottle has a picture of a phesent on it so men that hunt are all over it! I think they explain it the best; below is the story of Coyote 100.
"Our Coyote 100 Light Whiskey is unaged or if aged stored at this higher alcohol concentration for a shorter period of time in American Oak barrels. The higher alcohol content produces a higher vanillin, or floral character because of its greater penetration into the oak barrels. That is why we don’t age this classic as long as our straight whiskeys. Just enough storage time to add flavor and a little color."
Sweet Georgia Bell Peach Mango Rum-
I've said it before, but I LOVE any drink that involves iced tea, so of course I gravitated towards the "Georgia Sweet Tea," that consists of only this peach mango rum and sweet tea. I'd imagine nothing would taste better in the middle of a Tennessee summer than this on ice! I can see myself on a front porch swing right now!
Paula's Texas Spirts
Paula's Texas Orange-
This orange flavor is perfect for enhancing your margaritas and classic cocktails or over ice with club soda. Something about handmade liqueurs always gets my attention. What graved my attention was how the website takes drinks you know and love and puts a Texas twist on them my favorite is below.
The Classic Sidecar
1 oz. Paula's Texas Orange
1½ oz. brandy or cognac
¾ oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.
Ogden's Own Distillery
Underground Herbal Spirit-
Underground is like a history lesson in a bottle.....
From the late 1800's to the mid 1900's setting foot off of the train in Ogden was often a life changing experience for a transcontinental rail traveler. The train station sat as the root of the infamous Two-bit Street. "Any man's desire fulfilled for two bits." Two-bit/25th Street was a hedonist's paradise. With no trouble from the law, a man could gamble, drink bootleg liquor, spend time with an unfamiliar lady, smoke opium, or befall a worse fate.
Two-bit's dens of iniquity were all connected in their basements by a network of tunnels. It is rumored that there were miles of them. One can only imagine what activities went on underground.
Touted as "Little Chicago" for years, even Al Capone commented that Ogden was too wild for his tastes.
Ogden's Own Distillery has bottled an elixir reminiscent of Two-bit Street's past. Underground is an herbal bitter meant for shots, but mixes well with many beverages.
The blend of 33 herbs, spices and flavors. The flavors include a mellow blend of cassia, angostura, anise, cardemom, gentian, yarrow, wormwood, mate, guarana, ginseng, molasses, orange oil, lemon oil, spearmint and pure cane sugar. Underground gets much of its sweetness from agave and plum extracts and uses half the sugar of similar liqueurs.Ogden's is also known for it's FIVE WIVES vodka that is banned in Idaho! The website is great and I am ordering the Five wives t-shirt and vodka along with the Underground !
Vermont Gold Vodka-
You can't talk about Vermont without mentioning maple syrup, and what sounds better than a vodka distilled with the natural sugars in Vermont maple syrup? I have a soft spot for the great state of Vermont, my other half is from there, and Quechee is right down the road! If you've never visited VT before I highly recommend a trip, stop at this distillery on your way to Ben & Jerry's! The liberation libation has all of my favorites in one drink!
2 oz Vermont Gold Vodka
1/2 oz maple syrup
1 1/2 oz non-alcoholic sparkling apple ciderChill over ice, strain and serve in a cinnamon-sugar rimmed martini glass. I can't wait to try this when we go back east in a few weeks!!!!
1/2 oz maple syrup
1 1/2 oz non-alcoholic sparkling apple ciderChill over ice, strain and serve in a cinnamon-sugar rimmed martini glass. I can't wait to try this when we go back east in a few weeks!!!!
"Vermont Gold Vodka is pure, delicate, unflavored vodka, handmade in small batches from the sugar of maple sap, the very essence of Vermont. Each spring in New England, freezing nights and warm sunny days allow the mature maple trees to pump out the sugar which has been converted from starch and stored during the dormant winter season. The trees release this sugar as sap which flows for less than six weeks a year. Our Distiller takes over from there."
Catoctin Creek Organic Sprits
Roundstone Rye Whiskey-
This Rye Whiskey won't disappoint! Rye whiskey has been making a comeback in the last few years and why not enjoy this highly awarded organic version? "When you take our lovely Catoctin Creek Organic Mosby's Spirit®, and you age it in new Minnesota white oak casks for a time, you end up with a very special rye whisky! The hardest of all whiskeys to produce, rye whisky is an old time favorite that is new once again. It has a delicious woody taste, with notes of caramel, rich butter toffee, and just a hint of lemon in the nose."
Black Heron Spirits
West Richland, WA
I have a soft spot for anything huckleberry because of my Alma-Matter; The University of Montana. If you haven't had huckleberries then this is a must try! This cordial is great as an after dinner drink paired with dessert or simply for dessert. Check out the website's recipes that pair this cordial with whiskey and kaluha which sounds delish!
Charles Town, WV
This cordial is light, with raspberry and a hint of lemon. Sweet, smooth and oh so delicate. Frankly other then my Mother and Mary Lou Retton this is the best thing to ever come out of West Virginia. With 5 different Flavors including Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cello and Lemon Ice this distillery is just plan great. I am excited to visit on my trip to West Va
Travis Hasse's Original Pie Liqueurs
Cherry and Apple Pie Liqueurs-
Normally, I don't like shots, but let me tell you these liqueurs shaken on ice and poured into a shot glass is pure perfection, and an easy shot to take!
"Various types of apples along with spices and cinnamon blended with the finest neutral grain spirit come together to produce the aromatic nose and head flavor of Travis Hasse's Original Apple Pie Liquor.....Travis Hasse's Origional Cherry Pie Liqueur gets its rich, mouthwatering, cherry-pie-filling flavor from the marriage of maraschino cherries, a hint of vanilla and neutral grain spirits." Great recipes for all sorts of different cocktails!!!!
Snowy Mountain Brewery
A Light beer with coriander or bitter orange peel spices added, giving this beer a slightly fruity flavor.What can I say I am a sucker for a brewery that sells beer in a Growler form, It like a 40 oz with class.