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Finger Lakes Distilling Newsletter December 2009
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Cocktail Ideas
Upcoming Tastings and Events
Tasting room at Finger Lakes Distilling

Wednesday, Dec. 2: Tasting at "An Evening to Remember" presented by Triphammer Wines & Spirits at the Clarion Hotel, Ithaca, to benefit the Alzheimer's Assoc of Central NY, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 4: Tasting at Big Flats Wine & Liquor, Big Flats, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 5: Tasting at Southbridge Wine & Liquors, Binghamton, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 6: Live Music @ the Distillery Tasting Room - Starr's Brigade (old time music)

Friday, Dec. 11: Tasting at Liquor Factory, Painted Post, 4:00-7:00pm
Thursday, Dec. 24 & Friday, Dec. 25: Distillery Closed for Christmas
Friday, Jan. 1: Distillery Closed for New Year's Day

Please come out to see us!

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Dear Friend of FLD, 
November has been a busy time for us here at the distillery. Our trip to NYC was a great success.  McKenzie Rye Whiskey was released just in time and was very well received (as were our other spirits). We'd like to thank everyone who stopped by to try our spirits at WhiskyFest and the Brandy Library.

WhiskyFest - Brian & Thomas
( Brian (L) and Thomas (R) McKenzie @ WhiskyFest)
Also, many thanks to everyone who made a special trip to our tasting room just to try the new rye. Judging by the response so far, hopefully the first batch doesn't sell out before the next one is ready!

While our tasting room has remained bustling on the weekends, we've been working hard on the production floor on weekdays to replenish our stocks of vodka, gin, and corn whiskey, all of which have brand new, completed batches.
In the tasting room, we have several new items that are perfect for the holidays - new hat styles (I don't think Thomas has taken his camouflage cap off since they arrived), aprons, and some fun cocktail napkins. In addition, we now carry well-known Rochester, NY bitters maker, Fee Brothers, as well as VERJOOZ, a tart, green grape juice that works wonders in a Seneca Drums Gin & Tonic. Thanks to Finger Lakes Food Company for the stock of VERJOOZ!

This past month, we had a great time hosting Long John & the Tights (see pic below). On December 6th, we plan on featuring some more great live music at the distillery tasting room. Swing by and check it out!

Long John & the Tights - Live Music
( Long John & the Tights - Nov. 22nd )
The upcoming holiday season and the release of McKenzie Rye have inspired lots of cocktails lately. Below, in our creative cocktails section, check out some great recipes for your holiday parties.

As always, we appreciate your support and hope you can find a way to make FLD spirits part of your holiday celebrations.

Brian McKenzie
President, Finger Lakes Distilling  

Creative Cocktails

Enjoy our spirits in these unique mixed drinks.  Check future issues of our newsletter for fresh recipes.

Vintner's Winter Punch

Vintner's Winter Punch

1 bottle Vintner's Wild Berry Vodka
1 64oz. bottle of white grape juice
1 cup orange juice
1 cup of cointreau
2 small bottles of Stirrings Cranberry Soda (available at distillery)
1 bunch green grapes

Place grapes in small bowl and top with water. Freeze overnight to be used as an ice block in punch. Mix all pre-chilled ingredients into a large, chilled punch bowl and add ice block.
Kir Royale

Kir Royale
3/4 oz. Finger Lakes Distilling Cassis Liqueur
4 oz. sparkling wine

Pour Cassis into a chilled Champagne flute and top off with sparkling wine.
McKenzie Manhattan
McKenzie Manhattan

2 1/2 oz. McKenzie Rye Whiskey
3/4 oz. sweet vermouth (we like Noilly Prat or Punt e Mes)
dash Fee Bros Old Fashioned Bitters
* OPTIONAL Finger Lakes Distilling Cherry Liqueur

Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cherry ( * or drizzle a teaspoon of Finger Lakes Distilling Cherry Liqueur!)


Have you created a favorite Finger Lakes Distilling cocktail? Share the recipe for your distinctive drink and we will include it in a future issue of our newsletter!

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