Catoctin Creek in the Summertime - Our July Newsletter

Summer Cocktail Flight

Summertime is cool with Catoctin Creek.

Now that the heat of summer is here, don't forget about those lovely summertime cocktails!  Citrus and fruit are abundant, and make delicious chill mixers with Catoctin Creek whisky and gin.  In July, we roll out a new cocktail menu featuring some classics as well.  A recent change in the ABC law means that you'll be seeing more creativity and variety in our cocktail offerings in the tasting room!  If you haven't been in a while, this is a great time to stop by and check it out!


Scott Harris in the press regarding trade tariffs

Scott Harris, Founder of Catoctin CreekBecause we're one of the few American craft distillers that already exports to Europe, we found ourselves in the position of explaining how the current trade tariffs have made American whiskey and unintended victim of the mounting trade war.  Regardless of what side of the aisle you're on (we consider ourselves firmly independent!), a 25% rise in our prices in Europe is bad for business.  We've been working hard to meet with the administration—we had a meeting with Dept. of Commerce Secretary Ross just last week—to explain our positions and encourage all sides of the trade battle to get to the table and begin negotiations in earnest.  Let's bring this nascent trade war to an end before it begins.

If you're interested in the topic, here is a roundup of the news we've seen so far:

 Photo courtesy New York Times and used with permission.

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Cool events this month!

There are some amazing events planned for summertime!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!    

Shake, Bake and Boil with Magnolia'sShake, Bake and Boil with Magnolia's

July 14, 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Summertime means seafood, so we're doing our second seafood boil with Magnolia's at the Mill! Great local vendors like War Shore Oyster Company and Winchester Brew Works are teaming up with Chef Erik at Magnolia's and Catoctin Creek to do a good ol' fashioned crab and seafood boil! Guests will arrive at Catoctin Creek Distillery for a tour and welcome cocktail at 1:00pm. Then we will stroll down 21st Street to Magnolia's patio space by 2:00pm for the seafood boil and festivities. Space is extremely limited, so reserve your ticket now!

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Wine KitchenCatoctin Creek at the Wine Kitchen

July 16, 7:00pm. Join Catoctin Creek at the Wine Kitchen in downtown Leesburg for another wonderful spirits pairing dinner. We'll have delicious fare pared with cocktails from our spirits, while our founder, Becky Harris, will describe the journey of starting the distillery, making spirits from scratch, and how to pair cocktails with meals.

The Wine Kitchen in Leesburg is a beautiful location off South King Street, so do be sure to come out and join us! Telephone the restaurant for reservations at (703) 777-9463.

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Hamilton EventA Vintage Evening:  Toast Hamilton

July 19, 6:00pm. Toast Alexander Hamilton at this Vintage Evening inspired by the original bartender’s bill from a meeting of the New York State Society of the Cincinnati in 1789. Learn about the spirits served to Hamilton and his fellow Society members, and enjoy brandy tastings offered by Catoctin Creek Distilling Company. Executive Director Jack Warren and George Washington University professor Denver Brunsman will highlight truths and lies about Alexander Hamilton in a brief but lively presentation.

$25 per person; $20 Society members and Associates. Reservations required.

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Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

August 17, 7:00pm. Dinner will be a four-course affair, using seasonal produce and local suppliers, prepared by Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of The Wandering Chef. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery from owners, Scott and Becky Harris. Scott & Becky Harris will also personally craft cocktails expertly paired with your dinner! This will be a magical evening, and one not to miss!! Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails.

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Cocktail of the Month – Almost Red Lips Rye

Almost Red Lips Rye

This cocktail was inspired by the "Red Lips Rye" cocktail currently featured in the cocktail book at the Savoy American Bar in London. The original cocktail features rye whisky, a raspberry port cordial, Campari and Kummel. Not having the exact measurements and original ingredients, I endeavored to re-create this cocktail, in color, flavor, and sweetness, with ingredients in my home bar. I do believe this comes pretty close to the original, and is pretty damn delicious!

2 oz Roundstone Rye 92 Proof
1 oz Port
⅓ oz Garofalo Blueberry liqueuer, Chambourd, or Cherry Heering
⅓ oz Aquavit
⅓ oz Aperol or Campari
2 dashes Peychauds bitters

Combine all in a cocktail mixer with ice, stir well, and strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass.

Recipe by Scott Harris, inspired by the American Bar, Savoy Hotel, London.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.


So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Scott & Becky

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