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Finger Lakes Distilling NewsletterMay 2010
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New Products
FLD Fruit Brandies Available this Weekend
Micro Spirits Odyssey
Cocktail Ideas
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Friday, May 7: Tasting at Parkway Wines & Spirits, Vestal, 4-7pm

Saturday, May 15: Tasting at Columbus Avenue Wines & Spirits, NYC, 4-7pm

Sunday, May 16: Micro Spirits Odyssey (tasting event associated with the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, Butter Restaurant, NYC, 1-9pm.

Thursday, May 20: Tasting at Gates Circle Wine & Liquor, Buffalo, 4-7pm

Thursday, May 20: Tasting at Vintage Grape Wines & Spirits, NYC, 5-8pm

Friday, June 4: Tasting at Gates Circle Wine & Liquor, Buffalo, 4-7pm

Friday, June 11: "An Introduction to Handcrafted NYS Spirits" at NY Wine & Culinary Center, Canandaigua, 6:30-8:30pm

Friday, June 18: Tasting at Lighthouse Liquors, Elmira, 4-7pm

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Dear Friend of FLD, 
Many thanks to everyone who stopped by on Derby Day to try the newly released McKenzie Bourbon whiskey! The distillery was packed all day and we had a full house for our Kentucky Derby Party in the evening. Those that attended enjoyed an exciting (and sloppy) race, some delicious bourbon cocktails, and a pretty amazing sight - Thomas Earl in a jockey outfit. I joined him with some silks of my own (pics below).

thomas - jockey          brian plus barrel

Our visitors seemed to take a real interest in how McKenzie Bourbon is produced, so we were happy to walk them through the process. Whole grains were on display for everyone to see the high quality raw ingredients that we use. There were also a few batches of mash fermenting and bubbling away. Lastly, we brought out a sample of our bourbon before it goes in the barrel, known as "White Dog" in the whiskey business.

mash  white dog
( McKenzie Bourbon mash (L) ; 130-proof McKenzie Bourbon White Dog (R))

For those that didn't make it out to the distillery this past week, we still have Bourbon available, but probably not for much longer. Make sure you plan a visit to see us soon, because Batch #2 won't be available until later this year.

Please read on to learn about our latest product releases, upcoming events, and some delicious cocktail recipes.

Brian McKenzie
President, Finger Lakes Distilling 

FLD Fruit Brandies to Debut this Weekend

Fruit  Brandies

We're set to launch a new set of products this weekend, including Pear Brandy and Black Currant Brandy. Both are 90 proof, made with local fruit, and come in 375 ml bottles for $24. Very popular in Europe, fruit brandies (often called Eau de Vie or Schnapps) are also starting to get some attention here is the States. Although they are delightful to sip on by themselves, many mixologists are starting to play with some interesting recipes. Check out our cocktail section below for some fun cocktails using the two brandies.

FLD Pear Brandy will also be available for wholesale orders, so check with your local retailer for availability.

Join Us for the Micro Spirits Odyssey at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic

We're excited to be heading down to NYC this weekend for the Manhattan Cocktail Classic. The festivities kick off with a gala event scheduled for this Friday at the New York Public Library.

On Sunday from 1-9 pm, we're setting up at the Micro Spirits Odyssey which is designed to  showcase the craft spirits industry. We'll be joining a few of our friends from the NY Craft Distillers' Guild for a seminar at 5 pm discussing the value-added benefits distilling offers to local farms.  The afternoon also features delicious cocktails created by Hush Cocktails and gourmet culinary pairings by event host, Butter Restaurant NYC. Tickets can be purchased here.

Creative Cocktails
Our cocktails this month feature our new fruit brandies - Pear &  Black Currant. Although these are great for sipping on their own, we've found they also taste wonderful in these cocktails!

Pear Sidecar

Pear Sidecar

2 oz. FLD Pear Brandy
1 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. simple syrup
Dash salt

 Combine and shake over ice. 
Serve up and garnish with orange peel.

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A La Mode

A La Mode

2 oz. Black Currant Brandy
3/4 oz. St. Germain
1/4 oz. simple syrup
2 small sprigs Marjoram
a dozen dried black currants or a handful of fresh black currants

Add 1 sprig of Marjoram, and currants to a rocks glass along with simple syrup and muddle.
Add ice, Black Currant Brandy, and St. Germain.
Shake and pour back into rocks glass.
Garnish with a fresh sprig of Marjoram.


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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