Here in Virginia, we take pride in our hand-crafted spirits. We’re also the Birthplace of American Spirits with the first batch of whiskey being distilled right here in 1620. We now have over 70 distilleries making some of the finest whiskey, bourbon, vodka, moonshine and liqueurs in the United States. Don’t believe us? Give them a try.
Here are seven recipes from our soul to yours. Enjoy responsibly.
- THE HUNTSMAN -
Whether you’ve just returned from a fox hunt or are just looking to unwind after a long day, you’ll definitely enjoy this classic, courtesy of Tarnished Truth.
2 oz Tarnished Truth 9-Year Bourbon
¾ oz Grapefruit Juice
¾ oz Honey Simple Syrup
Combine bourbon, grapefruit juice and simple syrup in a shaker. Add ice and shake. Double strain with Hawthorne strainer into chilled coupe glass. Garnish with French tarragon.
- HORSE'S NECK -
Cousin to the Moscow Mule, this refreshing cocktail is perfect on warm summer nights. If ginger beer is too spicy for you, we recommend giving locally-produced Northern Neck Ginger Ale a try instead!
Combine vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish sauce, Tabasco sauce, salt and pepper into a stirring glass. Mix and pour over ice. Garnish with celery and olives if desired.
- APPALACHIAN MANHATTAN -
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Trying to impress some friends at your next cocktail party? Our friends over at Boar Creek have put an Appalachian twist on this big-city classic that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
2 oz Boar Creek Whiskey
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
3-4 Dashes of Bitters
Combine in stirring glass, mix and pour. Garnish with orange peel and luxardo cherry.
It's five o'clock for 30 days! Find tastings and events all month long. Whether you’re visiting a Virginia distillery or savoring a new — or old favorite — cocktail, we want you to show your Virginia spirit by using the hashtag #VaSpiritsMonth throughout September.