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.  


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
  • French Tarragon
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.  


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!
  • 1 ½ oz Ironclad Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey
  • Ginger beer
  • 3 dashes of Angosture bitters or Fee Brothers Black Walnut bitters
  • Fresh lime
Build in the glass with ice. Top with ginger beer and a squeeze of lime. Garnish with a lime slice.  


For those who like the sweeter things in life, A. Smith Bowman Distillery's twist on an old fashioned is a combination of smooth and delicious that’ll have you making another… and another.
  • 2 oz Bowman Brothers Bourbon
  • ¼ oz Maple Syrup
  • 4 Dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters
  • Orange Peel
Combine bourbon, maple syrup and bitters. Stir until maple syrup is dissolved. Add ice. Garnish with orange peel.  


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One summer cocktail that’s loved all year round, this Ragged Branch specialty gives an island cocktail a bourbon kick. They say it’s like relaxing on a beach in the mountains.
  • 2 oz Ragged Branch Wheated Bourbon
  • 1 oz Pineapple Gomme
  • ¼ oz Campari
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime juice
  • Pineapple leaf
  • Blueberries
Add all into shaker and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with pineapple leaf and blueberry if desired.   


The folks at Cirrus Vodka are serious about their vodka, and the crisp Cucumber Cruiser is evidence of that. Muddle in a mint leaf or two for something extra refreshing in the warmer months.
  • 2 oz Cirrus Vodka
  • 1 lime, squeezed
  • Juice of 2 cucumber wheels, blended with water and strained
  • 1 oz agave nectar
Muddle then shake with ice. Add a splash of soda and serve over ice. Garnish with thinly sliced cucumber wheels.  


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We’ve seen some crazy Bloody Marys here in Virginia, but for those looking to master the basics, Blue Sky Distillery has a simple (but delicious) take on this brunch staple.
  • 1 ½ oz Blue Sky Dog Star Vodka
  • 2 oz tomato juice
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¾ tsp horseradish sauce
  • 3 dashes of Tabasco sauce
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 dash of freshly ground pepper
  • Celery
  • Olives
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.  


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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
  • Orange peel
  • Luxardo Cherry
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.