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Vermont Spirits: Local Distillery Is Keeping History Alive

Jun 18, 2021 08:29PM ● By By Pamela Brown Photos courtesy of Vermont Spirits
Vermont Spirits is the state’s oldest and original craft distillery, but today they’re blending more than alcohol. The distillery is uniting classic traditions with new ideas to capture the essence of the state. “We’re the first Vermont distillery to be built on the history and truth of Vermont. History is important to us and people value the authenticity of our spirits and how we’re dedicated to staying true to the essence of Vermont,” says CEO Randy Carlson.

With a boom in the global small-craft market, Randy is committed to being a leader in the industry by focusing on exceptional quality products that have nothing artificial, no pesticides, and stay true to their original roots. The character of all the spirits is derived from pure local ingredients, including 100 percent natural maple sap, distilled water, hand-picked juniper, and fresh local fruit. “There’s a big demand for it. Handcrafting and small-batch distilling takes work and extra effort. It’s an expensive and intensive process,” says Randy, who is up for the challenge, noting the distillery is experiencing tremendous growth despite the pandemic.

Enjoy the featured recipes made with Vermont Spirits products.


Celebrate Summer with a Cocktail

Support local business by making your special drinks with Vermont Spirits, produced in Quechee. Here are a few favorites featuring the company’s Vermont Gold Vodka.


No 14 Bourbon Old Fashioned (from The Woodstock Inn)

Place 1 maraschino cherry, an orange slice, and a dash of bitters in a rocks glass. Muddle together aggressively, avoiding the peel. Fill glass with ice and pour No 14 Bourbon generously. Serve and enjoy.


Vermont Gold Mountain Breeze

Stir 2 parts Vermont Gold vodka, 1 part cranberry juice, and a dash of maple in a highball glass. Add ice to the rim and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime and savor. 


Coppers Barrel “Ethan Allen” (Vermont Spirits’s twist on a Manhattan using Coppers Barrel-aged gin)

Add 2 parts Coppers Barrel gin, 1 part sweet vermouth, and a dash of orange bitters to a shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously until chilled. Stain into your favorite Simon Pearce glass, garnish with a maraschino cherry, and enjoy! 


Woodstock Summer Punch

  • 2 oz Vermont Gold Vodka
  • ½ oz Limoncello
  • 1 oz Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
  • 8 oz Watermelon juice
  • 1½ oz Fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz Basil infused simple syrup
  • Stir all ingredients together. Pour over ice and garnish with lime.


Red, White, Blue, and Gold

  • 2 oz Vermont Gold Vodka
  • 2 oz Cranberry juice cocktail
  • 2 oz club soda
  • Blueberries
  • Build-in order in an ice-filled glass. Float with blueberries.


The Jazz Age

  • 2 oz Vermont Gold Vodka
  • 8–10 Blueberries
  • ½ oz Fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ oz Simple syrup
  • 1 oz Sparkling wine

Muddle the blueberries in the lemon and simple syrup. Add the vodka and ice and shake well. Strain over ice into short cocktail glass. Top off with sparkling wine. Garnish with 3 blueberries and lemon wheel.

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