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Beth Martin
 
March 22, 2017 | Beth Martin

Count Negroni

The Negroni

Infamous cocktail guru and Brit expat, Gary Regan is the reigning authority on the history of the Negroni cocktail. The avid mixologist recently published The Negroni: Drinking to La Dolce Vita, and traced the drink all the way back to 1919 Italy. According to legend, the cocktail was born when a patron at Bar Casoni in Florence, Italy demanded a stiffer version of the Americano cocktail, a relatively tame mix of Campari, Sweet Vermouth, and club soda. The bartender obliged by swapping out the club soda for Gin.

The patron was Count Camillo Negroni, whose penchant for strong spirits began while working as a rodeo clown and cattle wrangler in the American Wild West. The Count loved this libation so much, he graciously lent his name to the concoction, and the rest, as they say, is history. For almost a century, the Negroni remained a quiet classic. Though readily available in many Italian bars and eateries, it remained a mystery for most cocktail adventurers until recently. With the resurgence of Pre-Prohibition Era Cocktails, it is estimated that the Negroni appears on 300% more cocktail lists than 10 years ago, and has grown to become this drinking generation’s zeitgeist cocktail.

So why has the Negroni reached such heights? Besides being an incredibly well-balanced drink (strong, bitter, sweet, herbal), it’s hard to go wrong with this cocktail. This means that no matter where in the world you happen to be, if you order a Negroni, you are guaranteed a great libation.

What makes NVD’s Negroni so special? We use our infamous Old Hollywood Ginn and it’s scandalous blend of nine botanicals, which perfectly complement the Sweet Vermouth and contrast the bitter Amaro.

Try one. It won’t be your last.

Time Posted: Mar 22, 2017 at 3:33 PM
Beth Martin
 
March 15, 2017 | Beth Martin

The Aviation Cocktail

 


The Aviation

Proof that the Sky's the Limit

The early 1900’s were an exciting and innovative time in history. They ushered in the rise of aviation as manned “aero planes” took flight for the first time. The men and women who took to the skies became heroes to those watching from below. These new planes and pilots paved the way for commercial flights, and brought the four corners of the earth together as never before. Naming a cocktail after this revolutionary time was the least that could be done. The Aviation is believed to be one of the last great Pre-Prohibition Era Cocktails.
Initially thought to have been created in the 1930’s, the Aviation was made with Gin, Lemon Juice, and Maraschino Liqueur. It wasn’t until rather recently that an original recipe for the Aviation was found in a copy of Recipes for Mixed Drinks by Hugo Ensslin, written in 1916. This not only showed that the Aviation was older than previously thought, but also provided us with a fourth, previously unknown ingredient. The original 1916 recipe called for a small amount of Crème De Violette. With the addition of this rare spirit, not only was there a great deal of intricacy added to the cocktail, but the entire aromatics profile was changed.

 

The Elusive Creme De Violette

Previously difficult to obtain in the United States, Crème De Violette is a sweet liqueur made with Violet flowers. Thoughthe name suggests the addition of cream, the word Crème refers to the silky smooth texture and feel of the liqueur. In true NVD form, we decided to break from tradition just enough to stand out from the crowd. Our Crème de Violette is made from a base of Neutral Brandy, and includes three additional botanicals to complement the Violets and add complexity. We 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, we used natural means to add the distinctive color, ensuring that our Crème De Violette makes its presence known in any cocktail, and on any bar!

 

The Napa Valley Distillery Aviation

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 to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into prepared glass. Garnish, and serve. Enjoy and repeat responsibly!

 

 

 

Beth Martin
 
March 2, 2017 | Beth Martin

Sipping On A Daiquiri


The History of the Daiquiri

Picture it: Ernest Hemmingway drinking a Daiquiri in a poorly lit bar corner as he penned Islands in the Stream. Incorporating the magical blend of flavors into the pages, a cocktail that would transcend time just as the pages it was written on. 

Legend has it that after a hard day’s work in the hot tropical weather of Cuba, a man named Jennings Cox invited some guests to his home for a much needed drink. Finding that he lacked an adequate stock of imported Gin, Cox realized he only had local Rum to serve his guests, which he refused to serve straight. Looking around his kitchen, he decided to add a bit of lime juice and sugar.

After just a few sips, Cox and his guests realized they were on to something special, worthy of a name that would stand out in a crowd. Being just a short distance from the village of Daiquiri, they couldn’t have chosen a more perfect title for this most refreshing cocktail.

 

Our Rumslinger Rum

Napa Valley Distillery is proud to present to you our very first Rum. It is a very special offering that requires a little explanation. We chose to age our Rum in 10-15 gal former Bourbon barrels which have kissed our Rum with a generous tint of color and a tantalizing Bourbon note. Unlike any Rum we’ve ever tasted, we highly recommend enjoying this Rum neat, or in your favorite island inspired libations. Also, try it in a Rum Old Fashioned. Delish! 

 

Our Daiquiri Cocktail

With the introduction of Rum to our lineup, the Daiquiri was an obvious choice for our new Cocktail.  Its rich history makes it a perfect addition to our line-up of craft cocktails in a bottle! Made with NVD Rum, the Daiquiri the perfect cocktail for a hot summer day. We hope that you enjoy this cocktail with appreciation for the fact that this is the perfect time in our history to celebrate the culture, music, food, and drinks of Cuba.  Cheers!

 

Time Posted: Mar 2, 2017 at 3:33 PM
Ian Winget
 
December 14, 2016 | Ian Winget

NVD Aged Eggnog

NVD Aged Eggnog*
 

Ingredients for Nog:

12 large eggs (pasteurized if you need peace of mind)
3/4 lb (12oz) sugar (or to taste)
1 pint (16oz) half-n-half
1 pint (16oz) whole milk
1 pint (16oz) heavy cream
8oz NVD Rumslinger Rum
8oz NVD Brandy Cordial
8oz NVD 2007 Bourbon Mash Whiskey OR NVD 2012 Bourbon Whiskey
2oz NVD Grand California (optional, if not using add 1oz more each of Rum & Bourbon)
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (plus more for serving)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

 

Ingredients for NVD Grand Cali Whipped Cream (optional):

1 cup (8oz) heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1.5tsp NVD Grand California 

Instructions for Nog:

Separate the eggs and store the whites for another purpose.
Beat the yolks with the sugar and nutmeg in a large mixing bowl until the mixture lightens in color and falls off the whisk in a solid "ribbon."

Combine dairy, booze and salt in a second bowl or pitcher and then slowly beat into the egg mixture.
Move to a large glass jar (or a couple of smaller ones) and store in the fridge for a minimum of 2 weeks. A month would be better, and two better still. In fact, there's nothing that says you couldn't age it a year, but I've just never been able to wait that long. (And yes, you can also drink it right away.)

Serve in mugs or cups topped with a dallop of NVD Grand Cali Whipped Cream and little extra nutmeg grated right on top.


Instructions for NVD Grand Cali Whipped Cream:

Add the heavy cream and sugar to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and whip until it forms soft peaks. Add the brandy and mix in.
 


*Retooled recipe from Alton Brown 2014 - http://altonbrown.com/eggnog-recipe/

Time Posted: Dec 14, 2016 at 11:35 AM
Beth Martin
 
October 17, 2016 | Beth Martin

Napa Valley Distillery Mai Tai


The NVD Mai Tai

Nothing makes you feel like you're enjoying a relaxing island vacation quite like a Mai Tai. This tropical cocktail is citrusy sweet, with a delicate balance of island spices. Though there is a little discrepancy over whether it was created in Oakland or Los Angeles, everyone agrees that this tasty cocktail brings the beach to any party! Cheers!

Difficulty Level 1 

2 oz NVD Daiquiri Cocktail
1 oz NVD Rumslinger Rum
.5 oz NVD Meyer Lemon Variety
.25 oz El Guapo Orgeat
6-8 drops NVB Island Time Bitters  

Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain itno a coupe.

ENJOY AND REPEAT RESPONSIBLY 

 

Time Posted: Oct 17, 2016 at 5:39 PM
Amanda Mizirawi
 
June 9, 2016 | Amanda Mizirawi

June 2016 - Cookie Island Lemon Drop


Cookie Island Lemon Drop


Difficulty Level 2 

1.5 oz NVD Rumslinger Rum*
1.5 oz NVD Meyer Lemon Variety*
.5 oz El Guapo Orgeat*
1.5 oz heavy cream
12-16 drops NVB Island Time Bitters*

GARNISH
ground cinnamon
lemon wheel
graham cracker crumbs (optional)

If using the cookie rim, first dip a rocks glass in a small amount of cream, then into the graham cracker crumbs.  

Set Aside. Add remaining ingredients, except cinnamon, to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with cinnamon & lemon wheel.

ENJOY AND REPEAT RESPONSIBLY 

 

Time Posted: Jun 9, 2016 at 3:00 PM
Amanda Mizirawi
 
March 11, 2016 | Amanda Mizirawi

Distillery Minions

Hey Readers!

We've been working hard at getting this bar club shipment ready! Thousands of bottles and tons of boxes and miles of bubble wrap! Have you ever wondered that process it takes to get the bottles ready? Once we have the awesomeness ready to bottle, we pump it into the line up of beautiful bottles we have all come to know and love.

Here they are waiting to be filled! Note Timmy5 keeping them from falling off the end:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then there's Carlos, dutifully working hard. 

Carlos working hard!Honestly though, without these two amazing guys, we wouldn't have had this March shipment ready. They got everything ready just in time!

Corks Galork! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slapping those labels on!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ta-Da! From our desk to yours!

Time Posted: Mar 11, 2016 at 3:00 PM
Amanda Mizirawi
 
March 10, 2016 | Amanda Mizirawi

Summer Mint Julep

Summer Mint Julep

Ingredients:

3 oz NVD Mint Julep Cocktail*
5 Fresh mint leaves
1/4 Fresh Peach
1oz Bang Candy Peach Basil Nectar*

Preparation:

In a cocktail shaker, muddle well mint, peach, and syrup. Add mint julep cockatil. Stir. Pour into a julep glass over crushed or shaved ice. Garnish with mint sprig and peach slice.

Enjoy and repeat responsibly.

*Ingredients included int he June 2015 Bar Club Package
Recipe created by Napa valley Distillery resident mixologist Aaron Lahey

Time Posted: Mar 10, 2016 at 3:00 PM
Amanda Mizirawi
 
March 3, 2016 | Amanda Mizirawi

Rayo de Sol

Rayo de Sol

Ingredients - Makes one 5 oz cocktail

2 oz NVD Old Hollywood Ginn
1 oz NVD Grand California*
.75 Fresh lemon juice
.25 Fresh lime juice
1 oz Bang Candy Peach Basil Nectar*
2 dashes Berg & Hauck Celery Bitters

Preparation:

Shake all ingredients vigorously over ice. Strain. Garnish with fresh lime zest.

Enjoy and repeat responsibly

*Ingredients included in the June 2015 Bar Club Package
Recipe created by Napa Valley Distillery resident mixologist Aaron Lahey

Time Posted: Mar 3, 2016 at 3:00 PM
Amanda Mizirawi
 
February 25, 2016 | Amanda Mizirawi

Coupe De Ville Margarita

Coupe de Ville Margarita

Ingredients - Makes one 8 oz cocktail
2 oz premium Reposado Tequila
1 oz NVD Grand California*
1 fresh lime, juiced
1 Slice Inna Preserved Meyer Lemon*
2 oz Cocktail Crate Sriracha Margarita Mix*
.75 oz Bang Candy Peach Basil Nectar*

Preperation:
Muddle tequila and lemon with ice in a shaker. Add all other ingredients except Grand California. Shake hard, pour unstrained into a highball glass. Garnish with lime shell, top with Grand California.

Enjoy and repeat responsibly

*Ingredients included in the June 2015 Bar Club Package
Recipe created by Napa Valley Distillery resident mixologist Aaron Lahey

Time Posted: Feb 25, 2016 at 3:00 PM