This month’s round of Mixology Monday is hosted by Lindsay at Alcohol Alchemy; for this month’s theme, Lindsay has picked Local Color, a chance for us all to showcase our favorite local craft distilled spirits. — Here’s how she puts it:
“Pull out your favorite “local” craft spirit (for those of you not in the US, what hidden gem from your neck of the woods do you want to give some cocktail press?), tell us a little bit about it and why you love it, and let it shine in whichever way (or ways!) you see fit!”
Since the liquor market is a worldwide industry, I really consider anything produced in Washington State to be local, and Washington seems to have exploded into the craft distilling market in the last two years, thanks largely in part to a craft distilling bill introduced through the efforts of Don and Kent at Dry Fly Distilling in Spokane. In fact, there are probably a dozen or more distilleries within a 2 hour drive from my house.
For this MxMo, I have chosen to use spirits from two northwest Washington distilleries; Ebb & Flow Gin from Sound Spirits in Seattle, and Pacifique Absinthe from Pacific Distillery in Woodinville. Both products are exceptional hand crafted spirits that really showcase the distillers love for their respective products.
For my cocktail, I have chosen to go with the White Lady, as it gives me a chance to use both of these spirits, while sipping something different than the corpse reviver that I would normally pair those two spirits with. Created by either Harry Craddock or Harry MacElhone (both lay claim to the creation of the cocktail) the White Lady is a simple twist on the Sidecar. Light and frothy with just the right amount of sourness, this is a cocktail that really showcases the spirits. Don’t forget to head over to Lindsay’s site in a couple of days to check out the round up of local spirits. Cheers!
1 1/2 oz Gin
1 oz Lemon Juice
3/4 oz Cointreau
2 dashes Absinthe
This last Saturday my wife and I had the opportunity to go down to Woodinville and bottle at Pacific Distillery. Pacific Distillery is a small, family owned and operated distillery that produces single batch, hand made Voyager Gin and Pacifique Abisnthe. Marc Bernhard is the owner/master distiller and is super passionate and knowledgeable about what he does. Both his gin and absinthe are excellent products, and it was great to be able to chat with him about the history behind his products, as well as to see the process happening. Saturday was the first time that the distillery has utilized outside help for their bottling, and it was a super fun experience. The entire bottling process took about 3 hours, and we bottled, labeled, and boxed around 800 bottles.
Both of the distilleries products are excellent. Voyager Gin is a traditional London Dry Gin, which includes 10 different botanicals placed into a hand-hammered copper alembic pot still and distilled to insure that the finished flavors are excellently balanced. The gin is not a super junipery gin, which is great for those who do not like the super bold flavors of some gins. I have had several bottles of Voyager, and although I have many brands on my shelves, I would not hesitate to recommend Voyager.
Their second product is Pacifique Absinthe. While I am not an absinthe connoisseur by any means, I have tasted a few different brands of absinthe, and the Pacifique is by far the best of them. While many absinthes are overly anise flavored, and artificially colored, Pacifique has a great balance between the botanicals that it is distilled with. It also is excellent in many classic cocktails that feature absinthe. Marc has put a ton of research and development into his absinthe, and it is distilled in the classic 19th century franco-swiss style. Marc truly has the knowledge and passion to create some of the best spirits out there, so if you have a chance, give them a try.
Disclaimer: Pacific Distillery products were purchased by myself for my own consumption.