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Finger Lakes Distilling NewsletterJune 2012
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Kentucky Derby at FLD
Say Hello to Suzi
Latest News
Cocktail Corner
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Dear Friend of FLD,    

It's hard to believe that we're about to embark on our 4th season here at Finger Lakes Distilling. We've come a long way - doubling the number of products in our portfolio, building a wholesale network of over 500 accounts, and catching the attention of national press - but none of that could be possible without your support.

Take a look at the video below, recently posted on the Hooch Life. I think it captures the essence of FLD in a very short segment. Hope you enjoy.

The Distillers: Finger Lakes Distilling 
The Distillers: Finger Lakes Distilling

Still trying to think of something fun to do with your dad this weekend for Father's Day? Bring him to the distillery for a visit (and a bottle of whiskey or gin, of course!). We're offering FREE tastings for all dads on Sunday.

If we don't see you then, I do hope you'll get out to see us this summer. You can't beat the Finger Lakes this time of year. 

Sincerely yours,
Brian McKenzie 
President, Finger Lakes Distilling

Kentucky Derby at FLD
"I'll Have Another" not only a common expression at FLD, but this year's Kentucky Derby winner!

Three Cocktails

We had a great turn out this year for our Kentucky Derby Party. Stella's of Ithaca catered top notch appetizers & hand crafted, perfectly balanced and creative cocktails. While sipping & munching on hors d'oeuvres, party-goers enjoyed music by Alvin & the Upsetters, tours of our new barrel house by Thomas Earl, and informal betting on the race that benefited The National MS Society. Winners received bottles of Bourbon, FLD apparel & even a horseback riding excursion provided by Painted Bar Stables, Burdett, NY. 

We were able to donate over $300 to the National MS Society. 


If you missed it this year, mark your calendars & join us May 4th next year - plenty of time to plan your Derby attire.

Say Hello To Suzi


Finger Lakes Distilling is excited to welcome Suzi Munoz as our new Marketing/Retail Manager.


Suzi brings with her over seventeen years of experience in tourism marketing, promoting the Finger Lakes Region and New York State as a wonderful vacation destination. She was most recently employed by the Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention & Visitors Bureau, where she worked as the Web/Publications Manager. 


Suzi has promoted and advocated for tourism while sitting on the New York State Travel & Vacation Association Executive Board, and currently sits on the board for the Cayuga Nature Center in Ithaca. 


As the Marketing/Retail Manager, Suzi will oversee the Distillery's retail shop and tasting room. She will also be involved in several marketing initiatives including event planning, ad creation, social media, and developing and executing FLD's marketing plan.


In case you missed it... 

Rye Whiskey is still in vogue- Chicago Tribune's Josh Noel sings the praises of our McKenzie Rye.

Blair Phillips says, "set your phasers to stun," for FLD's
McKenzie Bourbon in his article on, check it out.

Amy Zavatto, writing for Acura Style, believes FLD is "raising local spirits with our whiskey, gin, vodka, brandy and more..."    


Have local cocktails moved to the exotic?  Karen Miltner of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle thinks so.


Finally, our friend Scott Signori from Stonecat Cafe gave a rundown of all the FLX hotspots in GQ Online. We're honored to be included.



 Cocktail Corner

This month's cocktail suggestions provide a good transition between the seasons. Please enjoy!    


Caipirinha Thunder 


Brazilian Thunder    

2 oz Glen Thunder Corn Whiskey
Fresh lime
1 tsp Superfine sugar
Crushed ice 

Chop lime into quarters.  In a rocks glass muddle piece of the  lime with sugar until lime is juiced.  Add Glen Thunder to glass and then crushed ice, stir a bit, and enjoy!



Violet Femme  


Violet Femme 

2 oz Seneca Drums Gin

3/4 oz Creme de Violette 

1/2 oz FLD Raspberry Liqueur

Dash Fee Bros Orange Gin-barrel aged bitters

Egg white (optional)   

Shake all ingredients dry (w/out ice) to emulsify egg white, add ice, shake and strain, garnish w/ raspberry. 




Now it's your turn to experiment with FLD spirits!


 Please send us your ideas for cocktails using our products. With your permission, we may feature your cocktail in a future newsletter. If selected, we'll send you an FLD hat or T-shirt.

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