Can you believe it is December already? This time of year tends to get very busy. There are holiday parties, family gatherings and traditions, holiday decorating, and much more. Making gifts on top of all of that can be challenging! I would love nothing more than having each of you make some of our holiday-inspired infusions this December. But… I know that isn’t going to be possible for everyone. So for those of you who would like some holiday cheer without all the effort, we recommend checking out your local distillery. They may have some fun holiday-infused spirits already beautifully bottled for your parties, gift giving or just enjoying the holiday spirit this season.
We recently went to Eastside Distillery in Portland, Oregon and were blown away by all of their holiday inspired liqueurs and other spirits that will be great for the holiday season. This great little craft distillery has concocted an Eggnog Liqueur, Peppermint Bark Liqueur and Holiday Spiced Liqueur. They are all wonderful and will be great for any occasion. Many of their standard spirits will also be perfect for the holidays, including the Coffee Rum, Cherry Bomb, Ginger Rum and Burnside Bourbon. We loved everything at Eastside. And we think you will too!
Eastside spirits are available in Oregon and Washington, and some of them (including the Holiday Spiced Liqueur, Cherry Bomb whiskey and Coffee Rum) are even available online through Vintage Wine & Spirits.
Eastside also has some great gift packs available at their tasting room. Be sure to check them out!
We are fortunate to have a number of amazing craft distilleries in Portland, and many of them have spirits that will be great to enjoy this holiday season. We are looking forward to checking out the Booze Bazaar (yes you read that correctly) at House Spirits next weekend. We have been to House Spirits before and they are amazing. Their Whitedog Whiskey is one of my favorites, and their Coffee Rum and Aquavit would be great for the holidays as well.
We recommend checking out your local craft distillery this holiday season for some amazing holiday cheer! Distilling.com has a map of craft distilleries throughout the United States (and even few in Canada). Also from Distilling.com is a list of distilleries in the US, but the map seems to be a bit more comprehensive and/or updated.
Craft Distilleries: Drink Local!
December 2, 2012 at 11:50 am
I am extremely jealous, right now. The only thing made close to us is Turkish Raki, which tastes like licorice. Can’t wait until we are back in the states, and can explore the local distilleries in the DC/Baltimore area.
December 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm
Sorry to make you jealous of the local spirits! You will have fun things to look forward to when you come back to the states! I guess you will just have to infuse your own for now…
December 3, 2012 at 3:31 am
🙂 Thank goodness for your blog!
December 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm
This post goes on the list of Reasons I Love Alicia. I was just looking at Distillery Row online yesterday and thinking, “THIS is where we need to do our next drink-up!” Say yes.
December 2, 2012 at 8:20 pm
Haha! Thanks Evelyn! What do you think my answer is to a distillery drink-up???? Of course! Happy holidays to you and your family. Cheers~
December 3, 2012 at 4:44 am
Looking forward to when your next post – recipes for peppermint bark and egg nog liqueurs! 🙂
December 4, 2012 at 7:48 am
haha… well… I’m afraid you’ll have to wait a while for those! I’m not planning on trying them this season. Sorry!
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December 4, 2012 at 5:42 pm
The spiced rum is fantastic. Mellow and very spicey. One can relax and enjoy sipping this liquor over ice. Love it. I can’t wait to try the egg nog and the pepper mint flavors.
December 5, 2012 at 9:44 pm
Yes, you must try the other liqueurs! They are both great, the egg nog was my favorite. But I’m a big egg nog fan!
December 7, 2012 at 11:18 am
Very nice post! 🙂
December 8, 2012 at 8:14 am
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