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Old Hollywood Ginn: A Summer Sequel

In a world, where one Ginn just isn’t enough, we’re back, with Part 2!

One of Napa Valley Distillery’s most well-known products is the Old Hollywood Ginn, and it is a timeless classic. Inspired by the graceful and renowned Hollywood glamour of years gone by, their original Ginn should evoke the feeling of a stylish movie premiere, the theatre brimming with energy, the flash of cameras on the red carpet, men and women dressed to the nines, the faint smell of a cigarette or fine French perfume. Pure elegance.

After the premier, the stars of the motion picture need to get away from the lights and cameras, so they take a little time off and head to the desert oasis of Palm Springs. This is the inspiration for the Summer Sequel.

A very different, yet equally scandalous, blend of nine botanicals will transport you to a relaxing poolside on a summer dessert morning. The yellow mandarin and geranium hints in this bright and invigorating Ginn will keep you refreshed and cool all day in the summer sun and the sweet notes of peach and raspberry give just the right amount of fruity character to set this Ginn apart.

Make sure to take the Summer Sequel on location with you this summer, it is ready for its close-up in a Ginn & Tonic, Bees Knees or a Martini.

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Love Is In The Glass

This Valentine’s Day, head on over to Napa Valley Distillery where they can help transform your champagne into a unique and memorable champagne cocktail. With an expansive variety of brandies, syrups, and bitters they have everything you need to specialize a cocktail for that special someone. Toast with one of their vintage glasses for an extra splash of elegance.

Looking for a fun new way to celebrate with your loved one? Let the Distillery’s spirit educators pour you an array of spirits from vodka to aged brandy. Don’t forget to ask them how you can add a sample pulled straight from the barrel at no cost!

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New Year, New Products!

No matter what your resolution is, Napa Valley Distillery has something to help you out! Still recovering from your New Year’s festivities? Step up to the bar for a hangover cure. Want to build your bar and learn to mix cocktails that will impress all of your guests? Their bar club is the perfect way to start your collection. It even comes complete with customized cocktail recipes created by local bartenders. With the new year, Napa Valley Distillery has brought in new flavors, and has seen the return of some old favorites!

Give up drinking for the new year? No problem! Napa Valley Distillery has hundreds of products to jazz up your tea, coffee, and sparkling waters. With the largest collection of bitters, shrubs and syrups on the west coast you’re sure to find your new favorite cocktail or “Mocktail.”

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Need A Last Minute Gift?

Make your way over to Napa Valley Distillery for some festive cocktail fixings! In addition to their ready-to-go gift sets their knowledgeable staff are excited to create custom cocktail kits for you and your loved ones. They’ve stocked up for the holidays with great products like copper bar sets and vintage glassware that’ll make any bar shine, locally made candles designed to smell like their small craft spirits, and holiday mixers that are so good they’ll be gone before the season’s end!

Yes Cocktail, a local California brand, has put out two fabulously festive cocktail mixes. The Ginger Snap Cocktail Mixer is the perfect blend of holiday spices, ginger and lime; simply mix it with NVD’s Napa Reserve for a refreshing holiday mule. Visions of sugar plums dancing through your head? Satisfy that craving with a Sugar Plum Hot Toddy using Yes Cocktail’s Sugar Plum mixer and NVD’s limited release Plum Brandy; add a little hot water or tea and that vision will be a reality!

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‘Tis the Season for Plum Brandy

Forget sugar plums, grab some plum brandy! This season, make sure to stop by the Napa Valley Distillery. They have just released a limited edition brandy made entirely from plums! This Plum Brandy was aged for five years, and finished in Napa Valley Port barrels for just about 13 months. The subtle sweetness drawn from the port barrels complements the fruit forward notes and warmth of the Plum Brandy. A true crowd pleaser, or great night cap for a quiet evening at home. Perfect for the holidays!

They also have a variety of “ready-to-go” gift sets for the cocktail lover in your life. Bring joy to those around you this season with customized cocktail kits for even your most picky friends and family members. Napa Valley Distillery’s Spirit experts are available to help create the perfect gift for drinkers and non drinkers alike!

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Spice Up Your Fall!

This November, swing by Napa Valley Distillery and check out their selection of spiced tonic syrups. Add these tonics to your Gin and Tonics, Vodka Tonics, or a nice warm holiday cocktail. They have a variety of tonics that will bring your cocktails to new heights and bring warmth to the cold days ahead.

They have two local tonics, one from Yes! Cocktail Co called California citrus tonic, which makes incredible G & Ts (vodka tonics too). Made with fresh citrus, lemongrass, and fresh cut cinchona bark- its beautifully bittersweet and the perfect complement to any craft spirit.

Their other local tonic comes from Monarch in Petaluma who describes their tonic as “sweet and tangy, with a texture reminiscent of glycerin or aloe, it strikes the tongue with a nice, sharp acidity that’s mouthwatering and leaves you wanting more. A faint note of citrus that doesn’t lean any which way.”

They also carry a stand-out tonic by True out of Washington DC, who use spices and botanicals that are carefully selected for quality and purity of flavor, so the tonic perfectly complements your drink. Simply add club soda to make tonic water or use it instead of simple syrup to create cocktails with a complex taste.

Finally, they are carrying a tonic from a brand called 3/4 Ounce, whose tonic can be described as original and unique. This high-end product will enhance your parties, please your guests or even be the perfect host gift. Made from natural ingredients, it stands out from other commercial tonic water with its subtle aromas, less sweet taste, its pronounced touch of bitterness, and its amber color.

So swing by the NVD’s Bar Shop today for advice on the perfect craft cocktail for your holiday season. Their spirit experts are available to help you choose the right tonics, bitters, and syrups for your cocktails. Cheers!

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The Perfect Fall Cocktail

Make sure to visit Napa Valley Distillery this season for the perfect fall cocktail. Their special includes their Old Hollywood Ginn, Yes Cocktail Company’s tonic syrup, and Napa Valley Bitters toasted oak bitters.

Old Hollywood Ginn:  A recipe that’s LA Confidential and so very “Hush Hush,” Old Hollywood Ginn is a speakeasy style spirit infused with 9 rare botanicals plus a touch of oak for a flavor that’s sure to take you back to late suppers at the Brown Derby! It’s a Hollywood original worthy of the lead role in many classic cocktails or a “Close-Up” with a splash of tonic

Toasted Oak Bitters: Instant barrel-aged cocktails! Well… maybe not exactly, but delicious nonetheless. Crafted with locally produced CA brandy with the addition of American, Hungarian, and French oak, along with a heaps of vanilla, spices, and herbs which complement cocktails like no other bitters on the planet, and maybe even the universe!

Yes Cocktail Co. Tonic Syrup: This California citrus tonic makes incredible G & Ts. Made with fresh citrus, lemongrass, and fresh cut cinchona bark — its beautifully bittersweet and the perfect complement to any craft spirit.

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Ginn & Tonic? Yes Please!

Swing by the Napa Valley Distillery tasting room and check out their June special! They’ve got one of their most popular cocktail kits available for a shockingly low price! This kit includes their scrumptious Old Hollywood Ginn, a bottle of Bob’s Abbotts bitters, and El Guapo Tonic syrup. A true crowd favorite!

Old Hollywood Ginn
A recipe that’s LA Confidential and so very “Hush Hush,” Old Hollywood Ginn is a speakeasy-style spirit infused with nine rare botanicals plus a touch of oak for a flavor that’s sure to take you back to late suppers at the Brown Derby!

Bob’s Abbotts Bitters
Naturally distinctive perfume of Tahitian vanilla pods with subtle fragrant hints of cacao and bitter chocolate finish. Bob’s Abbott’s offers an intriguing mix of ingredients that come alive in the mouth. Very aromatic, complex and well-rounded, Abbotts enhances the individual flavors rather than overpowering them. The Abbotts was then aged for three months in a medium charred oak barrel. This process produced a more rounded, mellow flavor with many layers of complexity.

El Guapo Tonic
This tonic was created through much research of classic recipes from a time when tonic was for more than just flavor. Original tonics were created using cinchona bark as it was the source of quinine. It’s purpose? To prevent malaria! The trouble was quinine is extremely bitter. With that in mind sugar was added for sweetness and citrus was added for tartness. In addition, other herbs and spices made it into various recipes. El Guapo’s Tonic is highly concentrated and very thick, to make tonic water simply add 1/4 to 1/2 of an ounce of tonic syrup to three ounces carbonated or sparkling mineral water.

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East India Cocktail at Napa Valley Distillery

Napa Valley Distillery (NVD) makes its oak-infused cocktails using its own premium, award-winning craft spirits and all-natural ingredients.

This libation is a variation of the 1830s East India cocktail delightfully crafted from California Brandy, Orange Curacao, Real Blackberry Syrup and Blood Orange Bitters. Prior to bottling it is oak infused to achieve a vintage flavor reminiscent of an era long since passed.

NVD’s oak-infused cocktails are meant to be easy to enjoy! Just shake on ice and serve up or on the rocks. Though they’ve added all the bitters needed to create a balanced cocktail, you are encouraged to try adding your favorite bitters for a unique mix.

Bitters suggestions: Bob’s Bitters Chocolate Bitters, Scrappy’s Orange Bitters or Napa Valley Bitters Coffee Pecan.

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Come for the Booze, Stay for the Mocktails!

Be sure to stop by Napa Valley Distillery’s tasting room and bar shop the next time you swing by Oxbow! Taste a variety of their quality craft spirits, and take a look through hundreds of syrups, cocktail mixers, shrubs and bitters!

Each day the crafty mixologists create a wonderful non-alcoholic “Mocktail” for visitors to try. Get the full effect of how bitters and shrubs can transform the simplest of ingredients. The passionate and helpful team members at NVD are more than willing to share their knowledge, and work with you to create a cocktail that is completely customized to your palate!

Gather and take home the ingredients to your favorite mocktail! Never fear, each cocktail comes complete with a recommendation for which spirits to add to turn it into a cocktail that will please any guest!

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Stay Warm With Napa Valley Distillery Spirits!

Stop by Napa Valley Distillery’s Tasting Room and Bar Shop and try some of their classics along with their Crème De Violette, one of the newest additions to their lineup of world class spirits!

Crème De Violette is a sweet liqueur made with violet flowers. Though the name suggests the addition of cream, the word crème refers to the silky smooth texture and mouthfeel of the liqueur. In true Napa Valley Distillery form, they’ve decided to break from tradition just enough to stand out from the crowd. Previously difficult to obtain in the United States, Crème De Violette is a sweet liqueur made with violet flowers. NVD’s Crème de Violette is made from a base of neutral brandy, and includes three additional botanicals to complement the violets and add complexity. They also decided to bottle it at a higher ABV than other Crème De Violettes, allowing it to highlight any cocktail in an elegant fashion. Finally, they used natural means to add the distinctive color, ensuring that their Crème De Violette makes its presence known in any cocktail, and on any bar!

Try Napa Valley Distillery’s twist on the classic Aviation Cocktail!

Ingredients
2oz NVD Old Hollywood Ginn
.75oz Maraschino Liqueur
.5oz fresh lemon juice
.25oz Creme De Violette

Garnish
Lemon twist
Luxardo Maraschino Cherry (optional)

Directions
Add optional maraschino cherry to a coupe glass. Add all ingredients and ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into prepared coupe. Garnish and serve.

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Have the people on your list been naughty or nice?

Either way, Napa Valley Distillery has the perfect gift set for them! If they’ve been naughty, we recommend the “For the Naughty” set which includes the Cherry Brandy, The Manhattan Cocktail and the Brandy Cordial! It’s sure to please the naughtiest person on your list! On the off chance that they’ve been nice all year, reward them with the “For the Nice” set, made up of Napa Valley Distillery’s Pear Brandy, Old Hollywood Ginn, and the Meyer Lemon Variety. These flavors should only the nicest people on your list, as the naughty surely don’t deserve them!

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Keep Cozy this Thanksgiving!

Stay indoors this Thanksgiving and snuggle in deeper to your slippers and enjoy these warm and cozy spirits! This Napa Valley Distillery (NVD) gift set includes their Ginn, brandy cordial, and cherry brandy.

Brandy Cordial

Their Brandy Cordial is a true California original. Made from premium baby bourbon barrel-aged brandy, it is bursting with aromas of butterscotch pudding, chamomile toffee and treacle pie which evolve into silky pecan pie, dried apricot and subtle sweet floral notes on the long and elegant finish.

Old Hollywood Ginn ~ A Scandalous Blend of Botanicals in Brandy.

A recipe that’s LA Confidential and so very “Hush Hush,” Old Hollywood Ginn is a speakeasy style spirit infused with 9 rare botanicals plus a touch of oak for a flavor that’s sure to take you back to late suppers at the Brown Derby!

It’s a Hollywood original worthy of the lead role in many classic cocktails or a “Close-Up” with a splash of tonic.

Cherry Brandy

Aged 2 years in used bourbon barrels, this brandy is deep, heady, and dapper. The smooth herbal qualities mature into deep oak and stewed cherry notes framed by a subtle yet firm floral character that are reminiscent of cherry blossoms.

Handmade the old fashioned way by the artisans at Napa Valley Distillery.

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Relax with a Cocktail!

Feeling stressed out by the upcoming election? Relax and settle down with a cocktail made with Napa Valley Distillery’s small batch, hand crafted spirits! Besides, what’s more American than something aged in a Bourbon barrel? Swing by their tasting bar at the Oxbow to enjoy a sample of their Brandy Cordial and their Cherry Brandy, both of which have spent time in Bourbon barrels soaking up flavor and color!

Napa Valley Distillery’s Brandy Cordial is a true California original. Made from premium baby Bourbon Barrel-Aged Brandy, it is bursting with aromas of butterscotch pudding, chamomile toffee and treacle pie which evolve into silky pecan pie, dried apricot and subtle sweet floral notes on the long and elegant finish. Sip after dinner or mix to create sophisticated Pre-Prohibition era cocktails. Handmade the old fashioned way by the artisans at Napa Valley Distillery.

Their Cherry Brandy is deep, heady, and dapper. The smooth herbal qualities mature into deep oak and stewed cherry notes framed by a subtle yet firm floral character that’s reminiscent of cherry blossoms.

For a cocktail that is sure to please any cocktail enthusiast, try the Cherry Manhattan!

The Cherry Manhattan
Makes one 4 oz cocktail served up in a chilled cocktail glass

Ingredients
2 oz Napa Valley Distillery Cherry Brandy
1 oz Carpano Antica
2 dashes (12 drops)
maraschino liqueur
2 dashes (12 drops) Abbott’s Bitters or other high quality aromatic bitters
1 Luxardo Cherry for garnish

Directions
Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice. Add cherry brandy, Carpano Antica, maraschino liqueur, and one dash bitters. Stir, do not shake, for 20 seconds. Garnish cocktail glass with Luxardo cherry, and strain contents of shaker into glass. Float one more dash of bitters on top, and you’re done! Classic Manhattan flavor with a big cherry twist!

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Nothing Screams Halloween like a Spooky Cocktail!

Visit Napa Valley Distillery for all of the ingredients for their newest concoction! Just in time for Halloween, The creative “Booze Crew” at Napa Valley Distillery has created a fun and unique cocktail for your next costume party!

Appropriately named “First Bite,” this festive cocktail is made with Napa Valley Distillery’s Ginn, Brandy Cordial, Lime Juice, and a small bit of Raspberry Gum Syrup by Small Hands. Add a bit of lusciously thick syrup from a jar of Luxardo Cherries, and you’ll be in great shape to please any guest.

In the shaker: 1 ounce of NVD Old Hollywood Ginn, 1 ounce of NVD Brandy Cordial, a half ounce of Small Hands Raspberry Syrup, and a quarter ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice over ice. Shake well!

Prep your glass by adding a small amount of syrup from a jar of Luxardo Cherries to the rim so that is slowly drips into the glass. After the glass is prepped, pour the cocktail from the shaker and you’ll be ready to go!

Visit Napa Valley Distillery’s shop  for all of these ingredients and more!

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Crisp Pears & Crisp Weather

Fall is officially here! That must mean it’s time to enjoy some pear brandy. Lucky for you, you can taste and purchase your very own bottle of Napa Valley Distillery’s highly anticipated pear brandy, which is now back in stock!

This exclusive brandy is made entirely from Seckel pears – which are tiny pears with a round body, and are naturally very sweet. They are the only true American variety of pear grown commercially. Unlike other varieties planted in the U.S. from European cultivars, Seckels are thought to have originated as a wild seedling near Philadelphia. They were discovered in the early 1800s. The pears are crushed and fermented into a “Pear Wine.” The wine is then distilled in a traditional Alembic Copper Pot Still.

Enjoy this spirit neat, or blend it with other spirits and ingredients found at Napa Valley Distillery. One of their favorite ways to enjoy this spirit is in the “La Poire Folle,” a cocktail created by the Napa Valley Distillery team. This recipe is sure to warm you up this fall!

To make:

1/4 oz fresh lime juice
1/4 oz simple syrup
1 oz of NVD Pear Brandy

Shake together and strain into a glass that has been rinsed with Napa Valley Distillery’s Papillon #Pastis.
Cheers!

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Warm Up With Napa Valley Brandy Cordial!

With fall just around the corner, cooler weather is sure to follow. Stay warm and cozy this season with one of Napa Valley Distillery’s most popular spirits! Their Brandy Cordial is a true California original. Made from premium baby Bourbon Barrel-Aged Brandy, it is bursting with aromas of butterscotch pudding, chamomile toffee and treacle pie which evolve into silky pecan pie, dried apricot and subtle sweet floral notes on the long and elegant finish. Perfect for the crisp, cool weather of Autumn! Sip after dinner or mix to create sophisticated Pre-Prohibition era cocktails. This crowd pleaser is especially great when enjoyed with family and friends. Handmade the old fashioned way by the artisans at Napa Valley Distillery.

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The Strength of a Vodka, with the Elegance of Sauvignon Blanc

Napa Reserve neutral brandy is Napa Valley Distillery’s version of vodka — “The UnVodka.”

Napa Reserve is luxuriously smooth, round, with full character and an opulent flavor. This elegant neutral brandy has reminiscent characteristics of sweet grass, lemon, grapefruit, unripe peach, and a long subtle finish with notes of white pepper.

Napa Reserve is distilled from a single vintage, single estate, Napa Valley Appellation Sauvignon Blanc — making it one of the most unique spirits in the world.

This connoisseur’s Neutral Brandy is a great alternative to plain old vodka! It brings forth grace, elegance, character and an incredibly silky-smooth finish with absolutely zero additives or flavorings. Just the pure essence of Napa Valley!

For a unique experience in the heart of Napa, swing by their tasting room at the Oxbow!

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Cool Off At Napa Valley Distillery

Nothing says summer like a nice, cold cocktail! Grab a bottle of the Old Hollywood cocktail from Napa Valley Distillery to stay cool during the warm weather. Napa Valley distillery has a collection of pre-mixed and barrel-aged cocktails that are perfect for your next party, or just as a cocktail after a long, hot day.

For a twist on a classic Tiki cocktail, try the Old Hollywood cocktail made with Napa Valley Distillery’s Old Hollywood Ginn. Simply pour over crushed ice, or for some added fun, garnish with a lime, pineapple, and make sure you don’t forget the umbrella!

Blended using their Old Hollywood Ginn, California sweet vermouth and Small Hand Foods pineapple gum syrup. This cocktail is reminiscent of an era long gone, and is sure to take you back to late-night suppers at the Brown Derby. Napa Distillery makes its oak-infused cocktails using their own premium, award-winning craft spirits and all-natural ingredients. This libation is an original house creation from Arthur Hartunian, proprietor of Napa Valley Distillery.

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Did Someone Say “Summer Cocktails?”

Grand California: A Divine Sipper, A Perfect Summer Mixer

Napa Valley Distillery’s Grand California (pronounced Gran Cal-i-for-nigh-ay) – their version of Grand Marnier – is an all-natural orange flavored aged California brandy with a touch of sweetness. Upon release it rapidly became their top-selling spirit, and for good reason – it’s stellar for sipping and mixing all year long.

Necessity may be the mother of all invention; however, out-of-the-box thinking, creativity and perseverance for difference is NVD’s motto. Their Grand California spirit is a hybrid cross-bred libation conceived by Proprietor Arthur Hartunian, which began taking shape when he created their now infamous Brandy Cordial. Combined with their expertise infusing Meyer lemon zest in Brandy to craft their award-winning Meyer Lemon Liqueur, they took the next logical step – infusing hand-peeled California heirloom orange zest in their Bourbon barrel-aged Brandy. They then add a kiss of all-natural sugar which highlights and harmonizes the elegant orange and Brandy flavors.

The resulting spirit exemplifies everything for which Napa Valley Distillery stands – innovative, hand-made, small-batch, all-natural spirits that taste more flavorful and amazing than those made by larger global brands – nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

But seriously, as you will experience for yourself, Grand California is delightfully rich in flavor and character as well as bright, and sensual with a fabulously charming candied orange finish – a divine sipper, a perfect mixer.

Cadillac Margarita
Ingredients
1.5 oz premium Reposado Tequila
1 oz Napa Valley Distillery Grand California
.75 oz fresh lime juice

Garnish
Salt for rimming
Lime wheel

Preparation
Rim a cocktail glass with salt and set aside. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add all ingredients. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Cheers!

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The Brandy Manhattan: A Classic Cocktail, Perfect For Father’s Day

A great cocktail is transcendent. It is a timeless testament to its creator and a benchmark from which all alcoholic beverages can be judged. The Manhattan is a rye or bourbon lover’s dream and embodies the spirit of America. A perfect blend of spirits, sweet vermouth, and bitters, the Manhattan has a striking aroma, which fans of the drink recognize immediately. As the first drink to make use of vermouth as a component, the Manhattan truly is the Grandfather of American Cocktails.

The history of the Manhattan has a fairly convincing story behind it, only because it is so often repeated. As the story goes, the drink was made for Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston Churchill’s mother at the Manhattan Club in the 1870’s where it was thoroughly enjoyed and became quite popular. However, the story has been picked apart and it seems it may not be true. The reality is that the Manhattan was probably one of the five borough cocktails (Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queen’s and the Staten Island cocktail) made to represent the neighborhoods of New York City.

So you might be wondering why Napa Valley Distillery chose to alter the recipe of a classic American cocktail. They have a few good reasons. First, many Pre-Prohibition cocktails that now feature rye or bourbon once featured brandy. Secondly, brandy is one of their favorite things in this wide world. Lastly, as Americans they love to innovate, improve and try new things, so they thought, “What the hell, let’s give it a whirl!” They think you’ll love it as much as they do. Don’t forget the cherry!

Simply want to swing by and pick up the perfect Manhattan gift set? NVD has you covered!

The Manhattan Gift Set
Let’s hear it for New York! The timeless Americana cocktail that has been perfected with the traditional maraschino cherry. Send the gift of age-perfected drink that takes less than a New York minute to make. Don your best top hat, plop a cherry, pour the drink, and settle in your lounge chair by the fire before the frost can nip your nose. You’ll be king of the hill when you give the gift with the namesake of the world’s most famous island. Each gift set includes one bottle of NVD’s Brandy Manhattan Cocktail, and a 12oz jar of Luxardo Premium Maraschino Cherries.

Also available to order online.

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Nothing Says “Thanks Mom!” Like A Well Made Cocktail

Tired of giving flowers, oven mitts, and canned sardines every Mother’s Day?

This Mother’s Day give her gift that she really wants, at a price that you cannot resist! She deserves it. After all she supports you every day, in every way. Napa Valley Distillery created this gift set exclusively for Mother’s Day 2016, and it contains all the necessary ingredients to make a unique, and much appreciated, Mother’s Day Cocktail.

The set includes: Napa Valley Distillery’s own Napa Reserve & Grand California, Napa Valley Bitters Hibiscus Rose Bitters, Liber & Co. Grenadine Syrup. They’ve also included a recipe card so that she can enjoy a Pomegranate Cosmo any time!

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Papillon Pastis: There’s Nothing Like April In Paris…In A Glass

Pastis is Napa Valley Distillery‘s California inspired homage to French Pastis. It is light, refreshing, and delightful on ice all year round! So what is Pastis? Almost every country has an interpretation of an anise flavored spirit. Think: Absinthe, Aguardiente, Anisette, Arak, Galliano, Herbsaint, Oghi, Ouzo, and Sambuca. At the turn of the 19th century, Absinthe — the infamous “Green Fairy” and beloved companion of many bohemians of the day — was the most consumed anise flavored spirit. In 1914, in order to protect the wine industry, all alcoholic products over 16 percent were outlawed in France. These laws were repealed at the end of the Great War in 1918, with the exception of Absinthe. Fearing the return of Absinthe, anise flavored spirits were authorized on a case-by-case basis. In the vacuum created by an imbalance of demand and supply, an enterprising young salesman, Paul Richard, launched a new anise flavored spirit called Pastis, which quickly gained worldwide popularity.

As an avid enthusiast of all distilled spirits, especially fine French spirits, NVD proprietor Arthur Hartunian sought to create his own California-inspired homage to French Pastis. The result is a delightful Papillon Pastis, which is expertly crafted using a proprietary blend of all natural herbal essences. Papillon Pastis is distinctive in flavor, and in color, as they have bottled it at 40 percent alcohol. This is just below the point that the full characteristic Pastis louche (clouding) occurs. Enjoy with ice or serve chilled with a splash of water to experience the ultimate “Pastis” experience. A Votre Santé!

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Coming Soon…Meyer Lemon Variety, A Seasonal Release, Back By Popular Demand

Legend has it the recipe for this Meyer lemon-infused brandy liqueur is a generations-old Italian limoncello recipe that Napa Valley Distillery (NVD) proprietor, Arthur Hartunian, won in a poker game from a famous Italian chef. One thing’s for sure… it’s distinctively different than any other Italian Lemon liqueur.

How unique is it? It won a platinum medal at the World Spirits Competition as a limoncello less than a month after it was launched. Impressive? Try it and see for yourself.

When Life Hands You Lemons…Meyer lemon variety was the very first product that Napa Valley Distillery created. Before there was a physical location for the distillery, Arthur, his wife Lusine, and their three children, used to make this liqueur at their kitchen table (the kids peeled the lemons). They have come a long way since then, and they now completely handcraft this flagship product at their distillery in Napa. Yes, the Meyer lemons are still local, and yes, they are still peeled by hand. This unique Meyer lemon-flavored brandy liqueur is still handcrafted only once a year, and right now the latest batch is gently resting, contemplating the meaning of the universe, and preparing to be bottled. Though exquisite served chilled after a fine meal in an antique cordial glass; NVD’s award-winning Meyer lemon liqueur loves to mingle as well. Create unique craft cocktails by trying it in your Margaritas, Whiskey Sours, Ramos Fizzes, Gin and Tonics, Palomas, Pimm’s Cups, Side Cars, or a splash in sparkling wine before a meal!

Click here for more cocktail ideas.

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POUR YOURSELF A TALL GLASS OF SPRING

For most people the Vernal Equinox signals the gradual transition from the grey and chilly days of winter, to the bright and warm days of summer. For the folks at Napa Valley Distillery, spring is a time to craft vintage porch-sipper cocktails that waken your taste buds from their winter hibernation, and to inspire thoughts of backyard gatherings with friends, seasonal dishes, and finely crafted libations. First up on their menu? The Sidecar.

The Sidecar Cocktail was created in 1920 at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris for an American Army Captain who fancied being chauffeured around in his beloved motorcycle sidecar. Proprietor Arthur Hartunian handcrafts each small batch using NVD’s own spirits and all natural ingredients. The mixture is then oak infused before bottling. The end result is a cocktail with extraordinary taste and character that no amount of shaking or stirring can produce; it is bright and fresh, yet refined and thoughtful. A very special cocktail truly reminiscent of an era long gone by. Cheers to spring!

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Spice Up Your New Year

Ancho León, an exotic hand-crafted spirit, is one of Napa Valley Distillery’s newest players in an already star-studded cast. Their Distinguished Bar Club Members were the first to try their very first batch, and now it is available to the public.

Ancho León, what is it?

Ancho León is an ancho chile-infused Barrel Aged Brandy. It is made in a similar fashion as other NVD fan favorites: Brandy Cordial and the Grand California. Ancho León starts its life as a 3 year aged Premium Brandy, it is then re-aged in used Bourbon barrels for 6 months so that it takes on the delightful vanilla, brown sugar, and butter notes of really good Bourbon. They then add many, many, many Ancho Chiles, and infuse for a fortnight so that the Brandy has adequate time to fully absorb the complex flavor of the chiles.

The result is a unique, medium-spicy, slightly sweet liqueur of extraordinary charm and depth. They highly recommend that you try Ancho León in all of your standard repertoire of libations to give them a certain je ne sais quoi. Also, try your hand at creating your own bespoke libations that will delight your taste buds, and your guests, at your next cocktail soirée.

What’s in a name?

Ancho Chiles are the dried version of the poblano peppers common in Mexican cuisine, now ubiquitous state-side, think chile rellenos. Ancho Chiles have a deep red color and a wrinkled skin. They are sweet and smoky with a flavor slightly reminiscent of raisins. Their heat is mild to medium-hot.

Finally, León means “lion” – yes, like a tribute to the lion in the Napa Valley Distillery logo. Visit the Napa Valley Distillery BoozeLog for recipes and breaking NVD Booze News. Cheers!

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Gifts that Put the Spirit in Holiday Spirit

Let Napa Valley Distillery (NVD) take you on a journey of gift sets, premium craft spirits, and bottled cocktails where you are sure to find the perfect treat for that special someone (or yourself!). They have the perfect solutions to make your holiday shopping quick, easy, merry, and bright. Can’t decide? NVD Gift Certificates are always a great option, it’s the gift that lets them choose.

Perfect Holiday Gift ideas:

A 1 Year Distinguished Bar Club Membership

This is truly the gift that keeps giving the whole year. Every quarter (March, June, September, December) get all the newest, best and most unique that Napa Valley Distillery has to offer. Whether it’s limited release brandies, seasonal spirits, bottled cocktails, fabulous bitters, or expertly crafted syrups, gums and mixers – each shipment will contain only the best we make and have to offer!

Choose from a selection of preselected gift sets or create your own.

Here are just some of the gift sets available from Napa Valley Distillery:

Best of the Holidays

For the person who likes the best of the best! Our “Best of the Holidays” are three of our favorite spirits all in one convenient gift set. Each Best of the Holidays gift set contains one bottle each of our award-winning Napa Valley Neutral Brandy, Old Hollywood Ginn and the product that started it all… our Meyer Lemon Variety- like we said, simply the best!

NVD Start (or finish) Your Collection

Collect them All! Want to introduce anyone to NVD’s classics, best of the best, the cr?me de la cr?me? Do you know any enthusiast of fine crafted spirits? Then this is the gift pack for you! Get one bottle each of the finest NVD had to offer in this premium gift set! Each gift set contains one bottle each of: Old Hollywood Ginn, Brandy Cordial, Neutral Brandy (Vodka), Meyer Lemon Varity, and Manhattan Cocktail.

Warm and Cozy Gift Set

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but this cocktail is so delightful. Let it snow! Stay indoors and snuggle in deeper to your slippers and enjoy these warm and cozy spirits! Or! Share the cozy experience with someone you love. Each gift set includes one bottle each of: Old Hollywood Ginn, Brandy Cordial, Cherry Brandy.

The Manhattan Gift Set

Let’s hear it for New York! The timeless Americana cocktail that has been perfected with the traditional maraschino cherry. Send the gift of age-perfected drink that takes less than a New York minute to make. Don your best top hat, plop a cherry, pour the drink, and settle in your lounge chair by the fire before the frost can nip your nose. You’ll be king of the hill when you give the gift with the namesake of the world’s most famous island. Each gift set includes one bottle of NVD’s Brandy Manhattan Cocktail, and a 12oz jar of Luxardo Premium Maraschino Cherries.

Click here for additional gift sets and ideas.

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Cocktails for Turkey Day

Author David Sedaris once said, “We were not a hugging people. In terms of emotional comfort, it was our belief that no amount of physical contact could match the healing powers of a well-made cocktail.” With the holiday season upon us, Napa Valley Distillery (NVD) has everything you need to make an endless number of cocktails to delight the senses, and to enhance quality family time.

NVD’s specially priced Turkey Day Favorites collection includes a bottle of holiday spice bitters from Napa Valley Bitters, and one bottle of each of Napa Valley Distillery’s most popular premium bottled cocktails, the Brandy Manhattan and the East India.

All of NVD’s signature cocktails are handcrafted in small batches by NVD’s Chief of Cocktail Officer, Arthur Hartunian, using his own award-winning craft spirits and all-natural ingredients.

The Brandy Manhattan is a variation of the classic Manhattan cocktail, and is crafted from NVD’s own bourbon barrel-aged premium California brandy, sweet vermouth, and bitters. Classic and timeless, the end result is an extraordinary taste and character that no amount of shaking or stirring can give.

The East India is a classic cocktail that dates back to the 1830s. Crafted from California brandy, orange curacao, real blackberry syrup and blood orange bitters, it is oak infused to achieve a vintage flavor reminiscent of an era long since passed.P

Napa Valley Bitters holiday spice bitters are made with apple brandy, tons of dried apples, holiday spices and traditional herbs for bitters. An excellent addition to a Manhattan, Old Fashioned and other classic winter drinks.

Of course they will also be offering other holiday specials, but this special will ease you into the holiday spirit. Cheers!

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Nightmare on Ginn Street

Local Mixologist, Aaron Lahey, watched Nightmare on Elm Street and decided the goofy, yet terrifying, Freddy Krueger deserved a signature cocktail. The green and red color palette and float of bitters on top of the mottled foam, are reminiscent of Freddy’s grubby sweater and screen scream visage. The spine-chilling inspiration for this drink resulted in a wonderfully refreshing Halloween libation. With spices from the Old Hollywood Ginn, a raspberry note, and a touch of cocoa, this is a perfect cocktail for a warm fall night. Stop by Napa Valley Distillery, or click here for the Nightmare on Ginn Street recipe.

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Mint Julep Season

Just in time for the dog days of summer, Napa Valley Distillery (NVD) has bottled its ever popular brandy mint julep. In 1803, the Mint Julep was described as a “dram of spirituous liquor that has mint in it, taken by Virginians in the morning.” The first Mint Juleps enjoyed by the American colonies were made with brandies or rum. Following colonial tradition, NVD’s version is made with three varieties of local, hand-harvested, fresh mint, natural sugar, and their own aged, premium California brandy. Pick up a bottle before the season ends and then say goodbye until next year.