Holiday Spirits


Are you searching for a holiday gift for your spirited relative or friend? From our 33 Virginia distilleries, to restaurants to tastings and tours or actual recipes, we’ve done the work for you.


Memorable Holiday Cocktails

Manhattan (feat. Virginia’s Catoctin Creek Rye)


      • 2 oz. Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
      • 1 oz. Sweet Red Italian Vermouth
      • 1 Dash Bitters (Peychaud’s or your favorite)
      • 1 Teaspoon Maraschino Cherry Juice
      • Maraschino Cherry for garnish

Pour into a mixing glass with crushed ice, stir, strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with a Maraschino cherry.

Recipe courtesy of “More Unforgettable Holiday Sips,” Virginia ABC Spirited Virginia magazine

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Bloody Mary

Top with a pinch of Crunch Dynasty

Recipe courtesy of Richmond Magazine.

Chocolate Mint Kiss (feat. Bowman’s Deep Run vodka and Richmond’s KISS)

Mix all ingredients and stir well! Enjoy! (Makes 2 drinks)

Recipe and image courtesy of Keep It Simple Syrup

Now that you’ve found either a distillery tour, a Virginia restaurant, or perhaps even a product of your liking, why not include a Virginia is for Lovers barware piece to top it off?

Make your holiday spirit bright!

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