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Finger Lakes Distilling NewsletterNovember 2012
In This Issue
Holiday Shopping & Events
Wine, Beer & Spirits Summit
Prohibition Event
Latest News
Gift Ideas
Cocktail Corner
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Upcoming Tastings and Events




Friday, Nov 9   


Viscount Liquors,  

Wappinger Falls   

3-6 pm 


Saturday, Nov 10 


Grand Wine/Spirit Tasting Ryan's Wines & Spirits, Canandaigua

2-5 pm


Saturday, Nov 10


Fairview Wines & Spirits, 


1-4 pm

Sunday, Nov 11  


Lisa's Liquor Barn,  


1-4 pm


Friday, Nov 16


Northside Wine & Spirits,


4-7 pm 


Nov 16 - Nov 18 -  

Deck the Halls, Seneca Lake Wine Trail


Tuesday, Nov 20


Lighthouse Liquors & Wines,


4-7 pm


Thursday, Nov 22




Friday, Nov 23

Black Friday Alternative at FLD

Finger Lakes Distilling



Saturday, Nov 24  


Park Manor Wine & Spirits,  


1-5 pm 


Wednesday, Nov 28  

An Evening to Remember Triphammer Wine & Spirits, Ithaca

5:30-9 pm


Nov 30 - Dec 1  

Deck the Halls,  

Seneca Lake Wine Trail


Saturday, Dec 1


Triphammer Wine & Spirits


3-6 pm 


Thursday, Dec 6  

Time Out NY Spirits Event,  


6-9:30 pm   


Friday, Dec 7

Prohibition Era Party

Aurora Inn


7 pm 


Friday, Dec 7


Wrights Beverages

Watkins Glen

3-6 pm 


Sunday, Dec 9   


Lisa's Liquor Barn,  


1-4 pm  


Thursday, Dec 20  


Lighthouse Liquors & Wine, Elmira 

4-7 pm  


Friday, Dec 21  


Northside Wine & Spirits,  


4-7 pm  


Saturday, Dec 22




1-4 pm   


Please come out to see us!



Dear Friend of FLD,

First, I hope those of you that were affected by Hurricane Sandy are recovering and doing ok. I know we had many customers, including bars and restaurants that carry our products, that were devastated by this super storm. Though we were lucky to be largely unscathed here in the Finger Lakes, we've been thinking about those of you who were not.

It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is later this week. We are open every day this week with the exception of Thursday. If you're in the area, please come see us on Friday from 11-5. FLD is the perfect alternative to the Black Friday shopping craze. We're offering free tastings, food samples, and live music.

In addition to our party on Black Friday, we've got a ton of great tastings and events lined up through the end of the year. One that I'm particularly looking forward to is the Prohibition Era Cocktail Party at the Aurora Inn on December 7. See details below.

Shamus Jones, from Brooklyn Brine, will be at the distillery on December 8 to offer pickle samples and discuss our unique collaboration in making Whiskey Sours and Bourbon Bread & Butter Pickles. Might be a pickle-back in the works, as well.

Please keep us in mind for holiday gifts. Our handcrafted spirits are just what your colleagues, friends, and loved ones might be looking for to celebrate this holiday season. We also have several other great gift ideas for you including our new gift cards.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and hope to see you at the distillery soon.


Brian McKenzie
President, Finger Lakes Distilling

Holiday Shopping & Events


Black Friday Holiday Celebration  


As an alternative to the crazy shopping of Black Friday, or to end your extravaganza, come visit us at FLD for a casual, laid-back experience and enjoy a complimentary tasting of our spirits, food sampling, and live music.      

Friday, November 23rd 11-5pm 


Free spirit tastings

Complimentary food samples including salsa and sauces from Chef William

Live music from 1-5 by The Purple Valley



Brooklyn Brine at FLD 


You won't want to miss our Pickle Day, December 8th, when Shamus from the Brooklyn Brine Company will be giving a special tasting at FLD. We will have the shelves stocked with Brooklyn Brine's Whiskey Sour Pickles, Maple-Bourbon Bread & Butters, Chipotle Carrots, and Fennel Beets. Come learn what a pickle-back is and taste some of the most amazing pickled foods available. These delicious items are excellent for any holiday meal and make wonderful gifts too.    



Wine, Beer & Spirits Summit

Last month, Governor Cuomo hosted a Summit in Albany to discuss one of the brighter spots in the NYS economy - the beverage alcohol industry. We were honored to be there to represent the growing craft distillery segment.

Several changes were proposed to ease the regulatory burdens we face and the Governor also committed to promoting NYS products through additional marketing dollars and an "over-the-top" gala to take place in NYC in 2013.

It was very refreshing to see the State acknowledge the economic impact we are making and the Administration's willingness to make the changes needed to improve the business climate for our industry.

After the Summit, the Governor hosted a reception at the Governor's Mansion where we had the opportunity to pour our spirits.  Brian was able to spend some time with the Governor. He's pictured below discussing how we use grapes from the Finger Lakes to make our Vintner's Vodka.

gov mansion  

auroraDon't miss this one! Call 315.364.8888 today to book your tickets.

aurora invite

In case you missed it...

Several Upstate NY papers ran David Hill's story on how the distilling industry is gaining a foothold in the Finger Lakes. Check out the associated video here.

Following the big Summit in Albany, Governor Cuomo inspected a bottle of our Vintner's Vodka, which led to a mention in the NY Times


Check out this great review of McKenzie Rye in the Cocktail Enthusiast.     


Review of the McKenzie whiskeys. "Fantastic!", says Carlos DiVito in his blog East Coast Wineries.   


Make 100% NYS cocktails with McKenzie Rye. Tony Sachs shows you how on  

Holiday Gift Suggestions

Come look at some of the unique gift ideas that FLD has to offer this season. We can help you put together the perfect package for even the most difficult person on your gift-giving list. 


Here are just a few ideas:


Holiday Survival Kit - The Ultimate Bloody Mary

Manhattan Anyone? When only a classic will do.

Manhattan Basket

Seneca Drums - for the person who lives summer all year.

Gin and Tonic Basket

Just in time for the cool weather, we also have stylish long sleeve tees and hoodies to help you stay warm.


giftcardsAfter seeing all these great ideas, if you still are not sure what to get that special someone, never fear. We also have gift cards you can purchase for any dollar amount.  They make shopping easy and the recipient can visit FLD and get exactly what they want. 
             FLD gift cards

Cocktail Corner   



Vintner's Ginger


2 oz. Vintner's Vodka

1 oz. Ginger beer or ginger ale

1/2 oz Cranberry juice concentrate 

Dash Fresh Lemon Juice

1 Dash Finely-grated Ginger 

Muddle ginger in a shaker. Add Vintner's Vodka, and lemon juice to shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass. Top with the Cranberry juice, and Garnish with lemon twist or a slice of crystallized ginger.



                    Thick as Thieves cocktail  


Thick as Thieves


2 oz. McKenzie Rye Whiskey 

1/2 Pear

1/2 oz. Cocchi Vermouth di Torino 

1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

2-3 Dashes Fee Bros Plum Bitters


Core and peel one half of a ripe pear. Put into a shaker and muddle thoroughly. Add Rye whiskey, vermouth, lemon juice and plum bitters. Shake with ice and strain into a coupe or martini glass. Note: the cocktail is on the thicker side, so have some patience with straining it, as it will take a little more time and effort than some drinks.







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.

Want to know more about our spirits? Just visit  Our Products for details and tasting notes on our gin, vodka, whiskey, brandy, fruit liqueurs and other products.