Live the high life this 4/20 by celebrating New York’s Birthday! In 1777, the Convention of Representatives of the State of New York finalized their first constitution on April 20th, effectively transitioning New York from a colony to a state. And New York hasn't stopped changing the world since, especially in the spirits industry where it is home to over 450 wineries and 160 craft distilleries.
From the Big Apple to the Catskills and beyond, the state of New York has got it going on. Wine grapes cultivated in the North Fork, spirit barrels aging in cellars beneath Brooklyn; get a taste of the best of New York! Check out some of our favorite local hooch below.
Most people believe all vodkas taste the same. Harridan Vodka aims to change that with this new, smooth premium vodka made from 100% organic corn grown in New York State. Bottled at 88 proof, it offers distinct notes of ripe tree fruit, a silky, creamy texture, balance, and a lengthy finish flecked with warm spice. Interesting enough to stand up to cocktails and smooth enough to drink over the rocks, this is a vodka with character — just like the "harridans" of the past who inspired it.
Inspired by the vermouths of the Chambéry region of France, Method Dry Vermouth is perfect for true Martini drinkers who appreciate well-crafted vermouth with complexity and character that complements London Dry and New World gins alike. This vermouth is a delicate balance of fruit, florals, and savory herbs with a pleasant bitterness that makes it versatile for use in cocktail spritzes, or simply enjoyed on its own. Method Dry Vermouth is a classic dry vermouth, just made closer to home.
Jabuka, meaning apple in Croatian, is distilled from upstate NY apples and California medium grain rice. This whiskey is aged in American oak bourbon barrels for over three years, lending to its fresh, subtly complex aromas of sweet green apple, sake, sandalwood, and vanilla. Smooth and slightly sweet on the palate, with a hint of vanilla and pepper on the finish.
A combination of the St. Agrestis Inferno Bitter, house-made Torino style vermouth and Greenhook Gin, the St. Agrestis Negroni makes for a perfectly balanced, bitter, boozy and refreshing cocktail. Best served over ice with an orange twist, the St. Agrestis Negroni drinks with the same bitterness drinkers of the cocktail expect, but with more layered herbaceousness and freshness.
Never one to shy away from the spotlight, Bright Lights, Big Bourbon is a bold, grain-forward, no-holds-barred straight bourbon whiskey. Distilled from New York corn and aged in new charred American oak barrels, with notes of rich vanilla and lightly salted caramel on the finish, it shines brighter than the rest.
We've been big fans of New York Distilling Co. for years, so when we had the chance to collaborate with them on a single-barrel Greene Grape exclusive bottle, we ran, jumped, and skipped to take advantage of such an incredible opportunity. We tasted through several barrels, each unique in their own way, but it was Barrel #284 that called out to us from rack house 16C, with its lush apple and pear blossom notes, cinnamon, vanilla, and peppery spice. This barrel had nuance for days, and we knew it would be perfect for our store lineup. Aged for 4 years and 1 day, we're excited to offer Greene Grape's Exclusive Single Barrel Ragtime Rye.