The Fall seasonal holidays should include festive and easy to make cocktails. Caledonia Spirits mixologists have crafted three easy-to-make cocktails – each made with a different Barr Hill spirit: Barr Hill Gin, Tom Cat Gin and Barr Hill Vodka. These cocktails are just as good for upcoming holiday gatherings with family and friends as they are for cozy fall/winter nights in front of the fire.
Caledonia Spirits is known not only for its three super-premium spirits made with raw northern honey – including America’s Most Awarded Gin, Barr Hill Gin – but the Vermont-based distillery is also widely regarded for the world-class drink menu at its on-site craft cocktail bar in Montpelier.
Old Fashioned Mill No. 4
1 Oz Tom Cat Gin
1 Oz Calvados
½ Tsp Cinnamon Syrup
1 Dash Angostura Bitters
1 Dash Apple Bitters
Mix ingredients in a glass, add ice, stir, and strain over a large ice cube in a double old fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon and orange twist. (and a cinnamon stick just for fun)
Cocktail by Sam Nelis c. 2014
1.5 Oz Barr Hill Gin
.5 Oz Lemon
.5 Oz Raw Honey Syrup
Top Dry Hard Cider
Shake ingredients together and pour into a champagne flute, Top With Sparkling Hard Cider and garnish with a lemon twist
As a play on the classic French 75, this recipe is great to batch into a punch bowl for a holiday gathering and feel free to add seasonal ingredients into the bowl such as cinnamon sticks and orange peels. You can even leave the hard cider out on the side and have guests top their own drink. Another fun trick is to freeze a tupperware full of water the night before and add it to the bowl to have one giant ice cube to keep the batched cocktail nice and cold.
(c. Sam Nelis @ Caledonia Spirits)
0.5 Oz Barr Hill Vodka
0.5 Oz Tom Cat Gin
1 Oz Ice Cider (We Use Eden ‘northern Spy’ Barrel Aged
1 Oz Fresh Apple Cider
0.75 Oz Fresh Lemon Juice
0.5 Oz Ginger Syrup
0.5 Oz Cinnamon Syrup
2 Drops Vanilla Extract
Add ingredients to a blender with a handful of ice, blend and then serve. This cocktail is great in large batches as well for gatherings.
(c. Nate Canan-Zucker @ Caledonia Spirits)