February 2017
Dear Friend of FLD: 

February is flying by and we are trying to check things off the project list to be prepared for another tourist season here in the Finger Lakes. Not to worry, however, the stills continue to crank out great FLD spirits!

Jared and I recently attended the American Craft Spirits Association conference in Nashville, TN. Of course, we had to incorporate some distillery visits while we were down South and had an opportunity to visit Jack Daniels, George Dickel, Corsair and Nelson Green Briar. I remember attending my first craft distilling conference in 2007, and there were less than 100 people in attendance...there were close to 1,000 in Nashville, showing how fast this industry has grown.

We hope you're enjoying our video series, and by the response we're getting on social media, that is definitely the case. Our last video,  Choices, received almost 12,000 views on Facebook, and we're pleased to release the next in the series below

We have a few tickets left for our Mash Masters Whiskey Class on  March 11. I hope you'll consider joining us as it will be a great way to learn about whiskey and how we do things here 
at FLD. 

Enjoy these warm February days and keep in touch!

Brian McKenzie
President, Finger Lakes Distilling
WhiskeyGirlVideo Series Premiere: Whiskey Girl

Some people have a valentine, and some people have whiskey. Whether your love life is looking neat or on the rocks, we hope everyone enjoyed a great Valentine's Day. To witness a real spark of romance, check out the newest addition to our video series, featuring some familiar local faces and a beautiful, curvaceous bottle of McKenzie Rye Whiskey.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 11 | 2 - 4 pm

We're excited to pick up our Spirited Education series with our new Mash Masters whiskey class. The two hour session will include a brief history of whiskey, a full walking tour of Finger Lakes Distilling, a look at our production process, and samplings of FLD's McKenzie Whiskeys. Spaces are limited and filling up quickly, so click here to reserve your spot!

Sunday, February 26 | 7 - 11 pm

Kick your cabin fever with some red carpet Hollywood glamour. We are proud to be sponsoring this incredible new gala and fundraising event for the Seneca Film Festival. The event will include a live telecast of the Oscars, a real red carpet entrance, hors d' oeuvres, local beer, wine and spirits, and a chance to win $25,000! Tickets are 
still available at eventbrite.com.

Keep checking fingerlakesdistilling.com 
for more 
events and tastings near you!
New York State Distiller's Guild Launches New Website

Thanks to the New York State Distillers Guild (NYSDG), planning your New York distillery visits has never been easier! The Guild announced the launch of their new website,  nydistilled.com , your one-stop source of information about craft spirits and their production in New York State. Read More...
Bloody Mary Bar Now Open Every Weekend

Making it through the last leg of winter can be 
tough, but isn't everything better with a bit of 
booze and a DIY mindset? We're now offering our Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar every Saturday and Sunday through the end of March. Garnish to your liking with celery, olives, whiskey pickles, a
selection of sauces and flavorings and last but certainly not least, a bacon salt rim. Available 
every weekend right here at  Finger Lakes Distilling!
Tipsy Toddy
February Featured Cocktail

You'll Need:
  • 1.5 oz McKenzie Rye Whiskey
  • .5 oz Maplejack Liqueur
  • 2 lemon wedges
  • 5 cloves
  • 1.5 tsp honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Squeeze lemon wedges into a mug. Add honey, cloves, cinnamon stick,
    Rye and Maplejack. Gently stir the mixture while topping with boiling water.