Girl Meets Glass….meets Gin!
We woke up at the crack of dawn, well at least for a Saturday, so we could make the 1 1/2 hr drive to Purcellville, VA to Catoctin Creek. It’s Bottling Day!! Their Watershed Gin was ready for distribution, so we volunteered to help out. We were kind of like free labor for Catoctin, and in return we got a tour of the facilities, we learned the ins and outs of the bottling and packaging process, and most importantly we tasted all of their offerings! It was a WIN WIN in my book!
Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is Loudoun County’s 1st Distillery since Prohibition. They are family owned and produce award winning, high quality organic spirits and liqueurs: organic rye whisky and gin, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty liqueurs.
So…back to the bottling of the gin. Catoctin’s Watershed Gin is and unlike any gin you’ve tried. Amazingly complex, with a rye base that shines through subtle citrus and cinnamon notes, essences of fresh cut hay, and of course a crisp juniper character. I have yet to use it as a mixer, but a recipe from the distillery that caught my eye is below. Clearly I will be making this happen in the cocktail lab soon.
- 2 oz Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
- 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 oz Cointreau
- 1 egg white
Mix ingredients in a shaker of ice, strain and pout into a chilled cocktail glass
Oh, and in the pic above…me and the owner Scott. He actually walked up to me and introduced himself as the guy behind their twitter account. Love when people are familiar with Girl Meets Glass!!