April 2017
Dear Friend of FLD:

Derby Day is almost here.... have you secured your tickets yet? This annual party has created a lot of great memories over the past 8 years and is always a great way to kick off our season here at FLD.

We also bring back our Saturday distillery tours in May and have added an afternoon tour that gives a brief overview of our production methods and concludes with a barrel room tasting experience. See more below.

If you are ready to start hiking and enjoying the beautiful Finger Lakes scenery, please beware of the spirits you might find along the way - not the alcoholic beverage kind. Just another great video in our series!

As always, lots of great things going on here at FLD. Please read on and stay in touch through our website and social media.

Hope to see you soon,

Brian McKenzie
President, Finger Lakes Distilling
Countdown to the Derby!

Our biggest party of the year is less than two weeks away! We have less than 20 tickets remaining, so register now to reserve your spot at our 8th Annual Kentucky Derby Party. Enjoy an evening filled with food, fun, music, dancing, local ales, wine 
& cocktails and, of course, the highly anticipated Kentucky Derby! 

8th Annual Kentucky Derby Party
Saturday, May 6 | 5 - 8 pm

Throw on your derby hats and join us for our annual Kentucky Derby Party, featuring live music by the Notorious Stringbusters, bbq & heavy hors d'oeuvres from Nickel's Pit BBQ, cask ales from Seneca Lake Brewing Company, wines and hard ciders from Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards and last but 
not least, our famous mint juleps!

Don't forget to check out our sister parties as well - The Preakness Stakes Party @ Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards on May 20 and The Belmont Stakes BBQ & Garden Party at Seneca Lake Brewing Company on June 10. Select the Triple Crown Party Package at check out to attend three great parties for one great price!

Our McKenzie Rye Whiskey has been awarded yet again, this time by the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition! Since its introduction in 2000, the SFWSC has become one of the most respected and influential spirits competitions in the world. According to the Competition, "Products awarded a Silver medal are outstanding in their category. They show refinement, finesse, and complexity. They are among the best examples of their particular category." We are so excited to share this news with you all, and grateful to the SFWSC for awarding our McKenzie Rye with such a high honor. Official results will be posted to sfspiritscomp.com on May 15th.

We hope you'll  celebrate with us by raising a glass of McKenzie Rye and sharing
 it to social media. Don't forget to  tag us and use the hashtag  #ryesyourglass  
so we can share and re-post your photos! Cheers!
New Video Premiere: Spooky Spirits

Our video series is still going strong, and we are thrilled to share this short film with you all. Turns out our McKenzie Whiskey isn't just good, it's scary good.


It's that time of year again to get outside, enjoy the gorgeous Finger Lakes weather and  sip on your favorites at a festival tasting. We're already booked for the Elmira College Wine Fest in Elmira and the new Honey Dipper Festival in Victor. Stay tuned at fingerlakesdistilling.com/events to find more festivals and tasting events near you!

Sunday, August 20 @ Clute Park in Watkins Glen
Chef demos, cocktail demos, walk around food pairings and more! 
TasteNewYork Event coming to NYC this May! 

Join us for a beverage tasting experience featuring New York State craft beer, cider, wine, and spirits. Taste through the state as you enjoy regional bites from local purveyors and meet the makers behind the brands. Finger Lakes Distilling is proud to join  50 producers from the Finger Lakes, Long Island, Hudson Valley, Capital Region, NYC, and Western New York at this walk-around tasting reception. Celebrate all the amazing craft beverages that New York has to offer at the TasteNewYork Craft Beverage Experience. Visit tastenyexperience.com for tickets and more information!
Tour Season is Back!

We are happy to now offer TWO different tour experiences here at Finger Lakes Distilling throughout the summer and fall! Click Here to browse through more details on our McKenzie Whiskey Tour and our new Barrel House Flight to choose the tour and tasting experience that's  right for you!

Blueberry GINger
April Featured Cocktail

We're getting a head start on those summer vibes with this light and refreshing favorite. This gin based cocktail is an easy-to-mix crowd pleaser perfect for your 
next barbecue!

You'll Need:
  • 1.5 oz McKenzie Distiller's Reserve Gin
  • .75 oz blueberry shrub
  • ginger beer
  • Combine gin and shrub in a rocks glass over ice. Top with ginger beer to desired taste, give it a quick stir and garnish with lemon or lime.