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Finger Lakes Distilling NewsletterJune 2010
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Distilled in NY - Class at the NYWCC
Ithaca Scottish Games
Cocktail Ideas
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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
Friday, July 9: Scottish Tartan Ball, BY INVITE ONLY, 7 p.m., Stewart Park, Ithaca.
Saturday, July 10: Ithaca Scottish Games , Stewart Park, Ithaca.

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New Products

Just in... Stirrings Margarita Mixer and Rimmers.  A perfect mixer with Glen Thunder on a hot summer day!
Dear Friend of FLD,  
Ahhhh... summer has arrived in the Finger Lakes! May has been kind with its warm summer days, refreshing lake breezes, and the crowds starting to arrive at the distillery.  Our tasting room was packed Memorial weekend and we had a blast seeing lots of familiar faces from last year.
One of the highlights of the month was the Manhattan Cocktail Classic. This 5 day event was filled with tastings of new and old brands, creative cocktails offered by top mixologists, music and excellent food.
While we did partake in a good amount of boozey research, we also worked hard promoting FLD.  We made a number of contacts while pouring our whole line up at the Micro Spirits Odyssey.  It was a well executed event and we look forward to doing it again next year.  See my blog post about the weekend here.


Those of you that have stopped by in the past week or so may have noticed that McKenzie Rye is absent from our shelves. Unfortunately, the remaining stock of Batch #1 is on allocation for our retail partners. In other words, you drank it too fast!

Please don't fret, however, as many of our retailers still have stock and we're only a month or so away from Batch #2 (we think it might even be a little better). In addition, we've still got a little bourbon left as our initial batch was over double what we originally projected.

Believe me, we're committed to making our aged whiskey fans happy. We continue to scale up production to ensure we can meet demand for these delicious whiskies.

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

Brian McKenzie
President, Finger Lakes Distilling 

Join  FLD at the New York State Wine and Culinary Center for a class titled

Distilled in NY: An Introduction to Handcrafted NY Spirits
June 11, 6:30-8:30

In this class, you will learn how NYS Farm Distillers are making use of the abundance of high quality raw materials in our state to make an interesting array of distilled spirits. Brian McKenzie, President of Finger Lakes Distilling, will lead the class through a tasting of several NY producers' spirits. Tasting will include a flight of un-aged spirits including vodkas, gin and eau-de-vie, as well as a flight of barrel-aged whiskies and brandies from around the state.

Tickets are $40 per person. To reserve your spot, sign up here.

3rd Annual
Ithaca Scottish Games and Celtic Festival 

Stewart Park, Ithaca, NY 

June 9-10, 2010

Bust out your kilts and start training for the caber toss!

The weekend kicks off with a Tartan Ball on Friday night. This event is BY INVITE ONLY, but don't worry, as an official "Friend of FLD" you will be receiving an invitation. The event will occur at the pavilion in Stewart Park and will include tastings from Finger Lakes Distilling, McGregor Winery, and Ithaca Beer.  Dinner, drinks and live entertainment will also be included in the ticket price. Be on the lookout for your e-invitation in the next week or so.

The games begin the following morning. It will be an eventful day of pipe band competitions, athletic and dance events, sheep shearing, and general celebration of our Scottish heritage. The day will conclude with a traditional Scottish Ceilidh featuring the Town Pants. Hope to see you there!

Creative Cocktails

With the summer weather arriving, we wanted to feature some refreshing cocktails this month. These drinks are easy to make and are great to sip on after mowing the lawn or just hanging at the lake.

Seneca Cup

seneca cup

1.5 oz Seneca Drums Gin
1.5 oz Pimm's Cup No. 1
Top with Ginger Ale
Garnish with a lemon wedge and cucumber spear 



1.5 oz Glen Thunder Corn Whiskey
0.75 oz Cointreau or Triple Sec
1.5 oz Fresh lime juice
0.5 Teaspoon sugar or dash of simple syrup
Lime wedge and kosher salt for garnish

This is our take on the classic Margarita. We like to whip these up using Glen Thunder instead of Tequila. Shake top 4 ingredients in shaker. Prepare glass by running lime around rim, dipping in salt, and filling with ice. Pour shaken ingredients in glass and garnish with lime wedge. To simplify, pick up a bottle of Stirrings Margarita mix and rimmer (see new product releases on sidebar).




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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