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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.

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.

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.

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!

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).