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!

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.

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.

The infamous Bloody Mary…a magical brunch libation that transcends tomato juice and vodka. The rich umami of the salt and spices, tangy tomato, hearty spirited backbone, and unlimited garnishes make this America’s favorite weekend beverage. If you love Bloody Marys as much as we do then you must pick up a bottle of Napa Valley Distillery‘s Napa Reserve and The Real Dill Bloody Mary Mix to make the Sunday Bloody Mary! Napa Reserve: $65. Bloody Mary Mix: $15. Mention this and get 10% off these products through the end of April.

The oak really comes through strong on this one, making it very dry and peppery on the front palate. Only on the finish do you get the cherry, which builds and lingers on the palate. The oak really gives this spirit a rye whiskey character, despite its true brandy nature. An esoteric spirit that eludes definition, it will make a Manhattan like no other. Enjoy some tonight for just $32 a bottle at Napa Valley Distillery.

The Cherry Manhattan
served up in a chilled cocktail glass

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

Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice. Add cherry brandy, Carpano Antica, maraschino liqueur, and 6 drops of bitters. Stir, DO NOT SHAKE, for 20 seconds. Garnish with Luxardo cherry, and strain contents of shaker into glass. Float 6 drops of bitters on top. Classic Manhattan flavor with a big cherry twist!

*Note: An easy way to remember the proportions of the classic Manhattan: Manhattan’s area code. 2-1-2. 2 oz spirit to 1 oz vermouth to 2 dashes bitters.

 

In celebration of Thanksgiving, Napa Valley Distillery is offering a selection of its customer’s favorites at a discount, now through November 27. Take home a bottle of Napa Valley Distillery Ginn, Brandy Cordial and Apple Brandy, for just $85 — $15 off retail! Check out the Distillery website for recipes or try your own — these spirits are perfect with Thanksgiving flavors.

Our friends at Poor House recently shared one of their favorite cocktails with us: the Slow Gin Fizz. For the perfect cocktail, they suggest adding  an ounce or so of soda to a coupe glass. Add sloe gin, gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and egg white to the Mason Shaker (available at Poor House in the main market hall). Shake without ice, then add ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into prepared coupe, observe the fluffy foam and enjoy!

Planning a New Year’s Eve party? Stop by Poor House in the market hall for the perfect party accessories. Pick up a cocktail book to brush-up on your mixology skills. Keep your party classy with glassware and bar accessories from Simon Pearce. And don’t forget to ring in the New Year with sparklers!

Did you know that the Sidecar cocktail was created in 1920 at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris? Actually, the exact origin of the Sidecar is unclear, but it is thought to have been invented around the end of World War I in either London or Paris.  Some credit the invention of the drink to an American Army captain in Paris  — the drink was named after the motorcycle sidecar in which the captain was driven to and from the little bistro where the drink was supposedly born. This classic cocktail is a perfect balance between sweet and sour. Napa Valley Distillery makes its sidecar with California grape brandy, California curacao (orange-flavored brandy liqueur), lemon juice and bitters, aged in new American oak. Seasonal, and available now for $30 per bottle (which serves six).