When it comes to selfless acts of love, men have faced unwavering pressure from countless industries. Greeting card makers, chocolatiers, jewelers, and florists have banded together to apply agonizing, often insurmountable stressors upon men in love, particularly during the month of February. Trends like this have persisted for as long as any of us can recall, but a small group of men (and women) in Williamsburg, Virginia are determined to flip the script once and for all and make the tradition of Valentine’s Day being only women a thing of the past by bringing equal rights for men!
This Valentine’s Day, the micro-craftsmen of Williamsburg Distillery are throwing their metaphorical three-cornered hats into the ring. They’re calling out the biases of age-old courting customs and proposing a simple alternative with the same impassioned flair you’d expect from traditional Valentine’s Day capitalists. This February, there will be a special tasting of Williamsburg Distillery’s first Bourbon. You can purchase your tickets in shop, both online and in store.
According to distillery owner Dr. Bill Dodson, his team’s new approach to selecting gifts of love is not so unconventional because it can be backed by simple science. He explains, “Recent advances in analytical chemistry have finally opened the door to understanding the very small chemicals that make up taste in what we eat and drink.”
“As it turns out, the organic compounds that lead us to appreciate a fragrant flower are not so different from those that might cause someone to be allured by the primal bouquet of a barrel-aged alcohol.” Dr. Dodson continues, “The flavors we prize in these beverages are the exact same chemicals that give roses, daisies, pineapples, and apricots their aromatic bouquets.” The fragrant compounds produced in beverage fermentation are referred to as esters or florals. So, why should men be afraid to say they like florals?
Naturally, the argument is that both flowers and adequately aged alcohols, such as bourbons and rums, should be appreciated equally, especially on a day like Valentine’s Day. But why only think of February? Dr. Dodson frequently stops to smell the roses in life. Bourbons, Scotch, and Dunder-style Rums are high on his list of the most desirable florals. In this season of love, if you want to surprise your special man (or woman) by pairing florals with something other than chocolates, try a decadent cocktail with one of our fragrant liquors.
To join this year’s Valentine’s Day revolution and learn more about Williamsburg Distillery’s 18th Century-inspired gin and organic rum, visit www.williamsburg-distillery.com.
How to customize your own rum. Pictured above are several different infusions made from our Yorktown Silver Rum. From left to right: Coconut vanilla rum. blackberry rum, blueberry rum and honeysuckle rum. The bottles hold about 3 to 4 oz's and are just used and cleaned spice bottles. I prefer glass but plastic can be used. The blackberries were picked fresh and lightly bruised before adding the rum on top. The blueberries came from the store and were not bruised prior to adding the rum which is why the rum is clear. The coconut came from the store and cracked fresh the I added vanilla extract in with the rum. Just a light amount as you do not want to overpower the rum or the coconut. The honeysuckle was picked fresh and and rum poured over the top.
You just need to let these sit for about 3 days. Then they are ready for your entertainment. One great idea is to add these over vanilla ice cream. Pick out the berries or coconut and put some into a bowl along with the ice cream and also add about half an ounce of the rum to the ice cream. Once you start experimenting with these types of infusions, you can't stop. You will want to make more and more. The other option is to make yourself a great sipping drink. Our rum is already fantastic. Customizing it is just lot's of fun. Let us hear some of your ideas and maybe we can get them up here on the site for everyone to try.
Question? Is there a certain amount I should use when making my own infusions?
Answer: No, it's up to you and what you think would be good. What one person likes isn't necessarily going to be what another person likes.
Question: Do the fruits need to be fresh picked?
Answer: Again, it's a matter of personal taste. Frozen fruit can be used as easily as fresh.
Question: How long will my infused fruit last in a jar?
Answer: Rule of thumb is no longer than 6 months on the fruit left in a jar. I would take the actual fruit out after a few weeks and use it, but the infused rum will last as long as years to come. It won't get any better with age in any bottle. But it is fun just knowing you always have a special treat around when you want it.
During the Christmas season, Cella's comes out with these dark chocolate covered cherries. They have been a family favorite for decades. If you happen to be a fan of these, I have a wonderful surprise for you. How to make your own Cherry Chocolate Rum Cordial Ice Cream that has the flavor of Cella's with an adult twist.
At the top of the post is a bowl of chocolate ice cream covered with dark chocolate syrup. That is your start. Looking at a post below, I have covered how to make your own custom infused rum's. In this version, start with some cherries bought at your favorite store, or picked at your local farmers market for those lucky enough to live near one or two, and bring them home, wash them and cut them up removing the pits. Take a clean glass jar, put the cherries in it and then cover them with our 8 Shires Silver Rum. You presently know this as Yorktown Silver Rum by us. We are changing the name and our new labels will read 8 Shires or Eight Shires. Now, cover the cherries and rum and let it sit for about 2 weeks. You can use this sooner if you like, I prefer about 2 weeks myself to get the full flavor infusion.
So, you want to buy your ice cream and syrup at the end of the infusion period. Once you have scooped your ice cream into a bowl and covered with dark chocolate syrup, you are now ready to add some of those cherries that have been waiting and then sprinkle about a half of a shot on top of the the ice cream.
The flavors will mix pretty fast. Enjoy.
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Williamsburg, VA - Williamsburg Distillery is proud to announce the construction of an authentic reproduction 15 gallon 1700’s colonial still has begun. It’s estimated arrival and installation is planned for November 2016, just in time for holiday travels to Colonial Williamsburg for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Dr. Bill Dodson, reenactor, historian, dentist, engineer and owner of Williamsburg Distillery has been working with master coppersmith Steve Eisenhart of Petersburg Virginia, who’s great-great-great grandfather, Curtis, originally designed the still in 1750. Steve says his ancestor was originally a wheelwright who built stills as a sideline business. In those days, Steve professes, people had to be able to do a little bit of everything themselves just to survive. Chuckling, he says, distilling was a common art practiced in most homes, but for some it was a lifestyle. Following the American Revolution, the federal government had to raise funds to pay their debts and George Washington set about the country during the Whiskey Revolution enforcing the taxation of spirits and shutting down those who were not permitted and did not contribute to the fundraising campaign. Steve’s ancestor was spared shutdown of his distilling operations after repairing flailing wagons on Washington’s quest.
Dodson says “In doing historical research, one never knows what fascinating pieces of personal history are unearthed. It’s a great honor to be able to have a piece of history recreated by an artist of this caliber of talent. A piece created by a direct descendant of the designer. His spirit to keep the history not only alive, but working, is refreshing! Mr. Eisenhart is taking much time out of his schedule to help us recreate a working reenactment of Colonial American distillation methods and equipment. Williamsburg Distillery and I are deeply grateful!”
Dodson quips “Interestingly the George Washington story is even more deeply ironic. Mr. Eisenhart is also building for Williamsburg Distillery a variation of the design used in Mr. Washington’s distillery! It’s wondered if Mr. Washington’s quest to raise funds for the government also served to protect his distilling interests.” Design blueprints for the stills are currently on display at Williamsburg Distillery.
Once complete, Dodson plans to use the stills in historical reenactment. Visitors to the area will be able to touch, see, and smell how spirits were created in revolutionary times. Although Williamsburg Distillery’s colonial bourbon is still aging, their Jamestown Gin and Yorktown Rum are available for Holiday gifting at the distillery and in select Virginia ABC stores. If not immediately available, products can be ordered and delivered to your local store within days.
Williamsburg Distillery is a fully functional micro-distillery in Williamsburg Virginia. The Distillery’s rich tradition, stories and theme recreate methods of spirit distillation on the American period of 1600 to 1776 producing bourbon, gin and rum from period style molasses and the only historical distillery in the world using locally farmed Indian corn, wheat, rye and barley in their bourbon and Genever Gin.
Williamsburg Distillery is part of The Williamsburg Tasting Trail. Their Yorktown Rum has won numerous national, international, and craft awards. Their Jamestown Genever Gin won triple Gold in its first competition. At Williamsburg Distillery, it is our passion to provide an authentic taste of the American colonial and revolutionary times. To learn more about Williamsburg Distillery visit www.Williamsburg-Distillery.com (7218 Merrimac Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185)
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The Rum Runners Root Beer Float. Now this is a very simple recipe, but you want to make sure this is for those 21 years of age and above. All you do is fill a mug about three quarters of the way full of your favorite root beer leaving enough room for some vanilla ice cream. Add in a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream and top off with a shot of Eight Shires Silver Rum. (You may presently know this as our Yorktown Silver Rum).
A very simple recipe but oh sooo gooooodddd.