Masked in mystery and inspired by legend, love potions have been brewing for centuries. Discover the powerful properties of these homemade brews with The Universal Spirit!

This Valentines Day we’re offering a Universal Spirit Valentine’s Day Gift Kit for $50. The kit includes: dried herbs need for infusing, sugar for simple syrup, mason jar, stainless steel strainer and directions on how to concoct your own recipes and love potions.

Once you obtain a bottle of your own, enjoy these recipes to create romantic DIY gifts, or to imbibe with someone special.

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Rev’s Pomegranate Cosmos Cosmopolitans

Serves 4 (or 1, depending your day)

  • ½ Cup Good Reverend’s Universal Spirit
  • 1 Cup Pomegranate Juice
  • ¼ Cup Orange Liqueur
  • ¼ Lime Juice, freshly squeezed

In pitcher blend all ingredients, cover and set aside until ready to serve (refrigerate if serving more than 2-3 hours later). To serve: In a cocktail shaker with ice, add half the Cosmopolitan mixture (or as much as you like). Shake until well chilled and strain in chilled up glasses.

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The Good Reverend’s Rose Bitters

For the Base Bitter Solution:

  • 1 heaping teaspoon Gentian
  • 1 heaping teaspoon Wild Cherry Bark
  • 1 heaping teaspoon Wormwood, dried*
  • ½ Cup Good Reverend’s Universal Spirit

*Note: If Wormwood cannot be found, double the Gentian or Wild Cherry Bark

For the Aromatic Rose Solution:

  • 1 Tablespoon Rose Petals, dried
  • 1 teaspoon Rose Hips
  • ½ Cup Good Reverend’s Universal Spirit

In a clean jar with an air tight lid, add the Gentian, Wild Cherry Bark, Wormwood and Universal Spirit. Seal the jar and store in a cool, dark place for one week- shake the jar daily. Strain the Bitter mixture through a cheesecloth lined sieve, pressing on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible, discard solids. Add an equal amount of water to the amount of bitter solution, cover and set aside.

In another clean jar with an air tight lid, add the Rose Petals, Rose Hips and Universal Spirit. Seal the jar and store in a cool, dark place for 3-5 days- shake the jar daily. Test the solution after the 3rd day for aroma and taste, and every subsequent day until a desired strength is achieved.

Strain the Rose mixture through a cheesecloth lined sieve, pressing on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible, discard solids. Add an equal amount of water to the amount of aromatic  solution.

To blend the bitters, blend half the Bitter Solution with half of the Rose Solution. Adjust the flavor by adding more Bitter Solution or more Aromatic Solution and dilute with additional water to taste.

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Rev’s Champagne Cocktail for Infinite Love and Celebration

  • 1-2 pieces Lump Sugar (or 1-2 Sugar Cubes)
  • 1-2-3-4-5 or 6 Dashes of Good Reverend’s Rose Bitters
  • Champagne, chilled cold, preferably dry
  • Cherries, for garnish*
  • Violet Flame

In a champagne flute or coupe glass, add the Lump Sugar and dash with Rose Bitters. Top with Champagne and garnish with Cherries. Invoke a Violet Flame or Infinite Love and Celebration, serve immediately.

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Rev’s Mocha-Choca-Lata YaYa Liqueur

(Makes 1 quart, plus a little extra)

  • ½ Cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk, 14 oz
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Cup Good Reverend’s Universal Spirit
  • 1 Cup Brewed Coffee
  • ½ teaspoon Salt

In a double boiler, or in a microwave, gently melt the Chocolate chips. Add the Sweetened Condensed Milk, whisk to combine. Add the Heavy Cream and whisk to combine. Stir in the remaining ingredients, transfer to an air tight bottle(s) and refrigerate. Serve very cold over ice, ice cream, or with coffee.

Rev’s White Choco-Chai-Lata YaYa Liqueur

(Makes 1 quart, plus a little extra)

  • ½ Cup White Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk, 14 oz
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Cup Good Reverend’s Universal Spirit
  • 1 Cup Brewed Chai Tea
  • ½ teaspoon Salt

In a double boiler, or in a microwave, gently melt the White Chocolate chips. Add the Sweetened Condensed Milk, whisk to combine. Add the Heavy Cream and whisk to combine. Stir in the remaining ingredients, transfer to an air tight bottle(s) and refrigerate. Serve very cold over ice, ice cream, or with tea.

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Colonial Spirits: A Toast to Our Drunken History, offers a peek into the barrooms and battlefields of the revolution, and a sip from the punch bowls of our ancestors. Within its pages you’ll find the stories behind everything from our founding fathers’ favorite tipples to the surprising origins of American beer, wine, rum, and whiskey. This isn’t a simple history, or even a recipe book: it’s an almanac of alcohol and the birth of our nation, with lists, charts, and recipes alongside tall tales and folklore.

While researching for “Colonial Spirits”, Tamworth Distilling founder Steven Grasse came across a recipe from 1st Lady Martha Washington’s journals for Cherry Bounce. a14a9957To pick up on this tradition we recreated a new recipe based off her husband’s favorite tipple, to release alongside Colonial Spirits.

Cherry Bounce was a tasty way to preserve the fresh fruit of harvests all year round, and in this case to flavor a spirit. Sweet Lips has a base of house made rye whiskey, stored in oak with Cherries, apple brandy and neutral spirits for infusing.

Starting with Martha’s simple recipe, we wanted to make something that was true to history but also something that is a truly unique interpretation. The project started by investigating Martha’s original recipe, which was focused around the flavor of cherry pits. edit_2Once we established our base, we added Tahitian vanilla, which contributed deep notes of leather, tobacco, and nuts. To provide a rustic, smoky edge we also added a distillate of smoked cardamom to play off Martha’s classic baking spices.

Additionally, a very subtle background of heavy, floral notes were added to skew the profile from excessively warm to slightly fruity. A bittersweet balance is essential to easy sipping and this was achieved with a long infusion of wild cherry bark. With the final recipe down, our Cherry Bounce Liqueur of course required a name!

George Washington became recognized as the father of the American Foxhound when he began breeding French Hounds with Black and Tan Hounds. Sweet Lips was his most prized hound, among others including Taster, Tipler, and Tipsy. Sweet Lips was his most favored traveling companion, along with a canteen of Cherry Bounce.

Sweet Lips is available at Tamworth Distilling & Mercantile, alongside Colonial Spirits, while supplies last. You can also pick up your copy of Colonial Spirits at Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or order online here: www.colonialspiritsbook.com

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“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.” – New England Proverb

Introducing Blueberry Fizz! A fermented offering made from blueberry pomace left over from our Art in the Age Black Trumpet Blueberry Cordial. We combined plump, alcohol-rich berries with fresh-pressed New Hampshire apple juice, and unaged apple brandy for a fizzy drink that’s both tart and brightly fruity.

We’ve always been committed to using local, sustainable ingredients that are central to Tamworth, New Hampshire. We’ve created gins, whiskey, vodka, cordials, and other fine spirits tailored to this mantra.  However, our experiments sometimes result in products that don’t quite fit into any existing categories. When creating Blueberry Fizz, we drew on techniques from several schools of alcohol — distilled spirits, beer, wine, and cider — to create a completely unique approach to the “ready to drink” cocktail.

After making AITA Black Trumpet Blueberry, our distillers were left with a batch of low bush blueberries plumped up with neutral grain spirit from the infusion process. When making the cordial, the blueberries were left whole in order to manage oxygen content, which would destroy the cordial’s flavor over time. However, oxygen is crucial for yeast health and procreation. So, by pressing and re-fermenting the now aerated berries, conditions are perfect for fermentation with champagne yeast (which works well with the high alcohol, acidity, and fruit sugar base). In addition to creating some delicious alcohol out of what otherwise would’ve been waste, the fermentation process also chews up the unwanted oxygen, creating a more stable end product.a14a5030

This re-fermented blend of blueberries and cider is then back-sweetened and fortified with some additional blueberry infusion that spent time aging in used rye whiskey barrels. The barreled infusion has some sweetness that balances the dry tannins of the pressed, fermented blueberries. Finally, another layer of flavor is added with a touch of Tamworth’s pot still apple brandy.

In the end, Blueberry Fizz is a unique fusion of the beer, wine, and spirits worlds — both warm and brightly fruity, honoring the apples and berries that made it. The nose begins with warm, barrel, and round berry notes before moving to baked apple and rich wine, finishing on fresh and floral brandy notes. The palate has a pronounced winey quality – a rich balance of semi-sweetness and blueberry tannins with spritzes of voluminous red berry and oak vanillins carried aloft by the liquid’s bubbles. The finish is long and lasting.

At 16.76% ABV, bottled in a sleek 750 mL champagne-style bottle, the Blueberry Fizz is a refreshing sipper that can easily fill in for white wines, brut, or spritzers. Served chilled, this carbonated hybrid can be enjoyed on its own or serve as the base for a variety of mixers.

The history of spirits in Philadelphia is the history of making the best with what’s around. Tamworth Distilling lives by those same do-it-yourself principles, crafting unique spirits with ingredients found in the untouched nature surrounding us. Please enjoy this guide to enjoying the best Tamworth cocktails in Philadelphia. Consider them a toast to our mutual distilling past, today.

Beginning on May 26th, five of our spirits will be available through SLO at Fine Wine and Good Spirits: Flora Gin & Apiary Gin from the Tamworth Garden series, Von Humboldt’s Natur Wasser Tamarind Cordial, Black Trumpet Blueberry Cordial, and Chicory Root Vodka. Act fast and sip slow, because these small batch spirits won’t be around for long!

Tippling the Velvet at Square 1682 Restaurant

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Art in the Age Black Trumpet Blueberry, housemade pomegranate molasses, lime, Lillet Rose, Bluecoat Gin, crushed ice, mint.

Specialty Cocktail at Heritage

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Von Humboldt’s Natur Wasser Tamarind Cordial, Sauna Blanco, triple sec, Campari, lime, cilantro.

BBQ Tamarita at Lo Spiedo

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Von Humboldt’s Natur Wasser Tamarind Cordial, Reposado Tequila, orange juice, lime, Cointreau, BBQ rub rim.

Purple Haze at Bardot Cafe

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Art in the Age Black Trumpet Blueberry, Bluecoat Gin, Dolin Rouge, lemon, dash of truffle oil.

Vivre Sa Vie at Bardot Cafe

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Von Humboldt’s Natur Wasser Tamarind Cordial, Bluecoat Gin, citra hop tea, Lillet Blanc, ginger honey syrup, lemon, orange flower water, egg white, toasted coriander seed.

Apiary Negroni at Fishtown Social

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Tamworth Garden Apiary Gin, Cinque, Axta Red Vermouth, orange peel.

Tamarind Beneath My Wings at Suga

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Von Humboldt’s Natur Wasser Tamarind Cordial, scotch, grapefruit, Dolin Blanc, orange bitters.

Not Your Average Sour at Buckminster’s

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Von Humboldt’s Natur Wasser Tamarind Cordial, bourbon, knotweed syrup, lemon, cherry.

Kind of Blue at Standard Tap

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Black Trumpet Blueberry, gin, club soda, lemon, simple syrup, muddled blueberry.

 

Tamworth Distilling Spirits are also available at:

Bourbon & Branch (AITA Chicory Root Vodka)

Double Knot (AITA Chicory Root Vodka)

Hungry Pigeon (Von Humboldt’s Natur Wasser)

Lolita (Von Humboldt’s Natur Wasser)

Kanella (AITA Black Trumpet Blueberry)

Parc (Apiary Gin)

Pour (AITA Black Trumpet Blueberry)

SOUTH (Apiary Gin, Von Humboldt’s Natur Wasser)

Talula’s Garden (Apiary Gin, AITA Black Trumpet Blueberry, Von Humboldt’s Natur Wasser)

Twenty Manning (Flora Gin)

Wm Mulherin’s Sons (Von Humboldt’s Natur Wasser)

From quaint pubs in Conway to elegant dining in Portsmouth, here are five of our favorite places to enjoy White Mountain Vodka in New Hampshire.

 

Flatbread Company (North Conway) – Mountain Mule : White Mountain Vodka, ginger beer, lime

Earth Eagle Brewings – Mountain Mary: White Mountain Vodka,  tomato juice, lime, lemon, celery

Black Trumpet – Specialty Cocktail: White Mountain Vodka, Domaine De Canton, egg white, apricot simple syrup, peach leaf

Black Cap Grille – Mountain Martini: White Mountain Vodka, vermouth, olive

Corner House Inn – Mountain Mule: White Mountain Vodka, ginger beer, lime

 

You can also find White Mountain Vodka in New Hampshire State Liquor Stores. Tap this link to find a location near you: http://bit.ly/1kTTKc8

The Art in the Age vodka infusions are by far some of the most complex spirits created at Tamworth Distilling. The spirit’s base is made in-house with pristine New Hampshire water and hand-milled organic grains. The flavors are born from native ingredients that are either foraged by our distillers or sourced from local farms.

With exceptional ingredients all around us, the flavor possibilities are endless. Incapsulating them in a spirit however, is much more difficult than filling a basket with dandelion greens.

Many of our offerings are seasonal, and with that brings limitations. The Infusions are made in limited quantities based on whatever the seasons bring. As we continue to experiment, we’ll find that some of the infusions are so precious that they may never be reproduced again, and others will be better understood and produced on a larger scale.

In this case specifically, we’ve harnessed the means to produce larger amounts of Art in the Age Chicory Root. Though production is still limited, we’re excited to announce that Chicory Root is now being distributed through New Hampshire State Liquor Stores.

Our Chicory Root Vodka earned gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, so it will sell out fast. We suggest using this locator (http://bit.ly/1rtVdZm) to ensure your local shop has it in stock.

 

The end of summer marks the last blooms for New England wildflowers. It was time to capture the essence of these late summer flavors in a floral forward gin.

While juniper berries help ground the top notes to an evergreen base note, the other botanicals take center stage.  Usual gin supporters, such as coriander and angelica, are mingled with the lighter aromatics of geranium, lemon verbena and labdanum. All is balanced with a slight amount of raw honey.

The nose is bright and crisp, with an aroma of wildflower honey and hints of fresh grapefruit. On the palette, the roundness of juniper berries, coriander and angelica finish cleanly and familiar. Clover, elderflower and geranium spread to the olfactory, offering a departure from more common gins.

Starting with a smooth neutral grain spirit allows for easy sipping alone or with just an ice cube. The introduction of water or tonic releases more of the alcohol-bound essential oils of the flowers, making it a great gin to enjoy in all of the classics.

 

You can find Tamworth Garden Flora Gin at our distillery or at the following New York locations:

Prospect Wine Shop

Shawn Fine Wines & Spirit

Wine Stop

La Vid Wines & Spirits

They say if you can make it in New York you can make it anywhere, and well – we made it! We spent the afternoon sipping our way through Brooklyn on a hunt for the best Tamworth cocktails the area has to offer.

From quaint lunch spots to cozy bar tops, these places all had one thing in common – delicious cocktails. Follow us on our Tamworth tour of Brooklyn:

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The Street Shark at Montana’s Trail House (455 Troutman St, Brooklyn, NY 11237)

Von Humboldt’s Tamarind Cordial, Owney’s Rum, house winter spice syrup, Brooklyn Hemispherical Rhubarb bitters and lime juice. Garnished with a mini Swedish Fish – $12

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Chicory Root at HiHello – 247 Starr St, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Art in the Age Chicory Root any way you like it. Try a Chicory Americano with brown sugar or Chicory with Earl Grey Tea

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Purple Roots at Walters Foods (253 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211)

Chicory root, rum, beet and coffee syrup, whole egg, and chocolate bitters. Topped with ground nutmeg – $12

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Barr Hill’s Final Word at Black Tree BK (261 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211)

Barrel aged Von Humboldt’s Tamarind and Barr Hill gin. Finished with another pour of  Von Humboldt’s Tamarind Cordial and Amere Sauvage. Garnished with a cinnamon stick garnish – $13

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Hootie Hoo at The JakeWalk (282 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231)

Von Humboldt’s Tamarind cordial, El Dorado 12 yr Rum, Lemon Hart 151, house made ginger syrup, lime, & Jamaican jerk bitters. Garnished with candied Tamarind – $12

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Can’t get to these bars? Order online at:

Astor Wine | Winnfield Flynn | Waverly Liquors | Golden Rule

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There’s a deep satisfaction in knowing that you’re part of a very long tradition and at Sunnyfield Brick Oven Bakery, they’re making bread the way it’s been done since the beginning.

You’ll find Sunnyfield Brick Oven Bakery tucked along Chinook Trail, just 10 minutes away from Tamworth Distilling. Before entering the bakery you’ll notice neatly stacked cords of fire a24a2189wood, sustainably harvested from the Ossipee Mountain Land Company, which quite literally fuels their entire operation. Inside you’ll be greeted by Peg and Allie, the masterminds behind it all. The bakery is quaint, warm, and above all simplistic. Aside from the organized surplus of organic grains and ingredients, there’s a giant brick oven, and their most trusted tools – their hands.

They hand mix their bread in small batches, starting early in the morning. After that, the dough is turned, folding over on itself again and again. The dough rises for two or three hours before being weighed and shaped, then it’s set aside to rise in the appropriate a24a2015vessels. Soon the loaves are loaded into the oven, where they bake for 30 minutes to an hour.

Peg and Allie refer to baking as “both a science and an art.”, but at Sunnyfield Brick Oven Bakery you’ll witness a little bit of both. Their approach relies on technicality and instinct. Temperature, hydration, and protein levels are heavily considered, but when it comes down to it they’re also able to provide the bread with whatever else it needs at each stage. With all that said, they’re not purists. They’re always developing new recipes, perfecting classics, and even making use of our spent distiller’s grains.

After our organic corn mash works it’s magic on our whiskey, it’s sent through a centrifugal separator that efficiently separates grains from liquids. Our spent grains are often used as warm cow feed and compost at local farms. Other times, when those farms are stocked, our grains are sent to local bakers who work to recycle the nutrient rich spent grains.

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Upon delivery at Sunnyfield, the spent whiskey grains are combined with their organic flours, cornmeal, blackstrap molasses, yeast, sea salt, and malted barley. The result is a deliciously unique bread, wholesome in both origin and flavor.

Loaves are delivered fresh to the distillery each week and are available for purchase in our retail space. Stay updated on Sunnyfield Brick Oven Bakery’s latest creations by following them on their Facebook page or visting their website.

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“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Here in Tamworth, we like to think of our spirits in terms of stories.  We draw our inspiration from actual places, and every bottle we create tells a specific story.  Every glass is a journey you can take.

Here’s one of our favorite journeys.

From the panoramic vistas of Great Hill Fire Tower to the calming edges of  Chocorua Lake, we invite you to take a walk with us through our favorite spots in Tamworth, wearing the shades of Autumn,

As with everything we create, we’ve cleared a path, but it’s up to you to take it.