News & Events
Santa Fe Spirits will be offering Tours of our distillery and Tastings of our spirits this week:Wednesday-Thursday: 1-6 p.m. Every Hour. Friday-Saturday: 3 - 7 p.m. Every Hour.Please Call ahead to schedule your tour today! (505) 467-8892The tour and tasting package costs $10 per person.
Have you ever wondered about the overwhelming alcohol smell that hits you the minute you walk into a barrel aging room? If you don't know what I am talking about, I highly suggest you make a visit to our Santa Fe Spirits distillery at 7505 Mallard Way, even if it is for the sole purpose of walking into the barrel room and breathing deeply. Although you really don't need to breathe deeply. This smell is one of those ones that hits you full on, the kind that you feel not only in your nostrils, but all over your body. This smell is a force capable of knocking you right over. But of course, in the best way possible. The truth is, all you are smelling is the evaporated alcohol present in the air. All liquids evaporate and alcohol is not exception, but in such a small and confined space, the results are far more obvious. The whiskey (or brandy etc.) that is hanging out in the air above our barrels, and the barrels in any other aging room, has a unique name. It is called the Angel's Share.
On Thursday, October 2nd, we are very excited to be teaming up with the Santa Fe Reporter to host a pop-up dinner in our barrel room! We are happy to welcome chef Xavier Grenet of L'Olivier restaurant in Santa Fe, who will be preparing delicious food paired with delicious Santa Fe Spirits cocktails. The barrel room is where we age our Apple Brandy and our Colkegan Whiskey and has an amazing aroma of oak and spirits in the air! Please join us if you can. For more information follow this link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pop-up-dinner-and-spirits-tickets-13165178403
Behind our Santa Fe Spirits Tasting Room bar we have four infusions set up: black cherry vodka, wild berry vodka, jalapeno vodka, and mint vodka. Often when people try these infusions they immediately ask if we sell bottle of them. Unfortunately we do not, but what we make sure people know is how simple infusions can be to make. Getting sick of your low-cal vodka soda with a splash of lime? There's a way to spice up that flavor while adding a negligible amount of calories to the drink. Try putting some fresh or frozen berries into the bottle, let is sit for a day or two, and voila, something new. Infusions are a quick and easy way to be creative with your cocktails as well as impress any guests you may have over at your place for cocktail hour.
We will be having a dinner with the awesome De La Vega's Pecan Grill and Brewery in Las Cruces next Thursday the 18th! The dinner is $49 per person and features a four course dinner with each course paired with one of our award winning spirits. We'd love the support, so anyone in the Las Cruces area check out all the info here: http://www.pecangrill.com/Events/The-Santa-Fe-Spirits-Dinner-September-18th-630pm.html
This press release featuring our newest face and head distiller, John Jeffrey, made it into the Santa Fe New Mexican last week. Check out how awesome he is! Santa Fe Spirits, SantaFe’s own micro distillery has added a brand new member to its team. JohnJeffrey will be taking over in the Mallard Way distillery, producing Santa Fe’sown artisanal hand-crafted spirits, ranging from their Calvados Style AppleBrandy to their Colkegan Mesquite Smoked Single Malt Whiskey.Hailing most recently from Middleton, Wisconsin, John got his official start in the spirits industrywhile completing his master’s degree in Food Chemistry at Michigan StateUniversity. During this time, John was head of R&D for the ArtisanDistilled Spirits Program where he designed and produced spirits for more thanfifteen start-up companies.
This September we have a great deal going on! If you come into either of our tasting rooms and buy a 375 ml of our Silver Coyote Whiskey you will receive your choice of one of our Santa Fe Mixes Mixers! Either a Prickly Pear or a Fresh Lime Margarita mix to take home and make your own great Silver Coyote cocktails with! Don't forget to use #silvercoyoteseptember when you enjoy our whiskey this fall!
Santa Fe Spirits is pairing up with Blue Corn Brewery for an awesome Beer-Cocktail dinner! This event will take place on September 18th and features some awesome beer, cocktail, and food pairings. Check out the great menu and go to http://www.bluecorncafe.com/brewery-thursdays-at-the-brewers-table
This year, we are very excited to be a part of Santa Fe's fourth annual Aha Fest! Aha Festival of Progressive Arts will be taking place Sept.13-14 at the Santa Fe Railyard. The free Sunday event will have live music, entertainment, food, and drink! Please come out and join us for this awesome event!
In our Santa Fe Spirits tasting rooms we love experimenting with different cocktails, and with such great spirits, who wouldn't want to have some fun? However, you can't pretend that only have five spirits isn't a challenge when it comes to creating new cocktails. There's only so much you can do with five spirits to work with. So how do we come up with new and unique cocktails that can showcase our award winning products?The answer is as simple as syrup... simple syrup. Now sometimes people get confused when they see simple syrup listed as part of a cocktail recipe, but let me tell you, it's called simple for a reason. Simple syrup is a mix of sugar and water.. easy right? The ratio can vary anywhere from 1:1 to 2:1 sugar to water and the water just needs to be boiling hot. Boil water on the stove, add sugar, stir, let cool, and voila, simple syrup!
Its been called a tulip, its been called a snifter, its been called a glencairn.... but no matter the name, what is it that makes this glass the PERFECT WHISKEY GLASS?The glencairn glass was originally developed by Glencairn Crystal (go figure) in an attempt to make a glass that could mimic the glasses that are used in whiskey labs and distilleries around the world in order for whiskey producers to get the most effective taste and create the best product. The glencairn glass is one of a few types of glasses that have been designed specifically with whiskey in mind, but it is the only glass that has been endorsed by the Scotch Whisky Association.It is little wonder, given this history, that we at Santa Fe Spirits have chosen the glencairn glass as the ideal way to serve our mesquite smoked single malt whiskey, Colkegan. Although Colkegan is not technically a Scotch because it is made in the United States, it is made using the same malting and distillation process as a traditional Scotch (if you replace peat with mesquite), and we don't want to be left out of this great glass phenomenon.
Last Friday, the SFS team celebrated its first year in its downtown location at 308 Read Street. This anniversary celebration was accompanied by the grand opening of our brand new outdoor patio! This location has been an incredible way for Santa Fe Spirits to greatly increase its interaction with the Santa Fe Community as well as visitors to our great city. Over the past year, we are proud that our tasting room has become a favorite spot for many locals who are able to come by for a chance to sample all five of our artisanal spirits as well as order from our ever growing menu of hand-crafted cocktails.
When I tell people that our Santa Fe Spirits Expedition Vodka is a corn based vodka, they generally look at me and either ask "what is vodka usually made from?" or "Oh, so its gluten free?"Well, each question has an interesting, so lets look at both. What is vodka usually made from? Vodka can be made from any starch or sugar rich plant, generally wheat, rye, corn, or potato (although there can be many others). Where vodka first came from is a much disputed question, but we know that the first vodka was made in Eastern Europe, and it was originally used, like Gin, as a medicine. While it is generally believed that Polish, Russian, or other European vodkas were potato based, the spirit was actually made most commonly from Rye, though the ingredients could vary far and wide dependent on the most available, and the most affordable, ingredients.
Make sure to check out Santa Fe Spirits at the Banking on Birdies annual golf tournament on August 18th! This event is put on by the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce and we are very excited to be a part of it!
For those of you that have visited the Santa Fe Spirits tasting room (and those of you that haven't), you may remember that when describing our mesquite smoked single malt whiskey, Colkegan, we mention that it gets is mesquite flavor during the malting process. But what exactly IS malting?