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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.

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.

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!

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!