One of the original thirteen colonies, Virginia’s history with distilling whisky is as old as America itself. Located in Purcellville, Va., Catoctin Creek Distilling takes that storied past seriously. As the first legal distillery in Loudoun County since before Prohibition, Catoctin Creek is dedicated to honoring the tradition of American whisky.
In 2009, Becky and Scott Harris founded Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, naming it for the luscious mountain range and picturesque river that flows past their distillery. Inspired by their gorgeous surroundings, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company only uses locally sourced grains and fruits resulting in fine, clean craft spirits.
Catoctin Creek’s mainstay is their Roundstone Rye. Roundstone Rye, and its more potent derivations, is made completely from scratch in their solar powered distillery. This sippable rye holds the honor of being Virginia’s most awarded whiskey. Notes of caramel and sweet vanilla, coupled with its smooth, woody finish make this sippable rye a staple to keep in your home bar.

Gerald of Rivia


Ingredients:
  • .5 oz. Cynar
  • .5 oz. Glenfiddich Scotch
  • 1 oz. Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
  • 1.5 oz. Barolo Chinato Vermouth
  • 2 dashes plum bitters
  • Bruleed lemon twist
  • Rinse glass with Yellow Chartreuse
Directions:
Fill cocktail shaker with ice and add all ingredients except chartreuse. Stir vigorously until chilled and then strain into chartreuse rinsed Belgian globe glass or brandy snifter. Rub lemon peel around rim, garnish and serve. To brûlée a lemon twist, simply scorch peel with small blow torch or lighter.

Rye-lent Night


Ingredients:
  • Roundstone Rye
  • 8 C Whole Milk
  • 2 C Heavy Cream
  • 12 Large Eggs (separate yolks and whites)
  • 1.5 C Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon
Directions:
Separate your eggs into whites and yolks. In a large mixer, whip the yolks with the 1.5 cups of sugar until they thicken into 'soft peaks' that start to adhere to the side of the bowl. Add in the whole milk, heavy cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract. Whisk until combined. Cover and refrigerate. After chilled, pour into glasses for your guests.

Cranberry Old Fashioned


Ingredients:
  • .5 oz. rosemary simple syrup
  • 2 dashes cranberry bitters
  • 2.5 oz. Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
Directions:
Combine all in a glass with a big ice cube. Garnish with lemon peel.

Santa's Reserve


Ingredients:
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. cayenne powder
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1½ oz. Roundstone Rye
  • 4 cups of whole milk
Directions:
Can be served warm or cold. If warm, combine all ingredients except alcohol in a pan and warm (do not boil!). If cold, add the alcohol. Serve in a mug or glass, with a dollop of whipped cream, marshmallows, or a candy cane garnish. *Peppermint Rich Simple Syrup Combine 2 cups sugar with 1 cup of water; add 2-3 sprigs of fresh peppermint. Heat until thoroughly combined and steep over low heat for 1-3 hours (a crock pot works great for this). Remove peppermint. Keeps for up to 1 month in the fri

Nod to the Nog


Ingredients:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp condensed milk
  • 3 cups milk
  • 4-8 oz. of Roundstone Rye, more or less to taste
  • Grated nutmeg for garnish
Directions:
Add all the ingredients except whisky to the blender; blend until well mixed and frothy. Chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour. When ready to serve, stir in the whisky and re-blend if desired to achieve extra froth. Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg.

Up on the Roundstone


Ingredients:
  • .75 Catoctin Creek 1757 Brandy
  • .75 oz. Catoctin Creek 92 Proof
  • .75 oz. Mount Defiance Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash Peychauds bitters
  • 1 tsp. Benedictine
Directions:
Combine ingredients and serve in a rocks glass with a luxardo cherry garnish.

Black Manhattan


Ingredients:
  • .5 oz. Amaro (try one from Don Ciccio, Averno, Ramazotti, Cynar or your favorite)
  • .5 oz. Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 oz. Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Cask Proof
  • 2-3 dashes of Mole / Aztec or Chocolate bitters
  • Luxardo cherry garnish
Directions:
Combine all over ice, stir, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Negroni


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Campari
  • 1 oz. Carpano Antica (or your favorite) sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz. Watershed Gin
Directions:
Combine all three ingredients in a shaker of ice, shake well, and strain into a cocktail glass, or over a large rock in a rocks glass. Garnish with citrus peel.

El Diablo


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Chambord (or use a fresh raspberry simple syrup)
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 2-3 oz. ginger beer
  • 3 oz. Watershed Gin
  • Fresh blackberry
Directions:
Combine the first three ingredients in a rocks glass, stir to combine, and add cube ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with blackberries.

Joy to the Watershed


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
  • 1 oz. Cointreau (Check out BigFish's craft spirit selection for possible substitutes!)
  • 1 oz. Lillet Blanc (Check out BigFish's craft spirit selection for possible substitutes!)
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • Absinthe rinse
Directions:
Combine ingredients and serve in a martini glass that has been rinsed with absinthe. Lime twist garnish.

Poin'shed'dia


Ingredients:
  • 1 dash of cranberry bitters
  • 1 oz. Element Cranberry-Hibiscus syrup
  • 1 oz. Rosemary-infused rich simple syrup*
  • 1.5 oz. Watershed Gin
  • Rosemary sprig to garnish
  • Seltzer to top
Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a shaker of ice, strain to a cocktail glass, and dash with cranberry bitters. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary. *Rosemary Rich Simple Syrup Combine 2 cups sugar with 1 cup of water; add 2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary. Heat until thoroughly combined and steep over low heat for 1-3 hours (a crock pot works great for this). Remove rosemary. Keeps for up to 1 month in the fridge.

The Catoctin Jingle


Ingredients:
  • .5 oz. Lime Juice
  • .5 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice
  • 2 oz. Catoctin Creek Apple Brandy
  • Nutmeg
  • Prosecco
Directions:
Combine ingredients and serve in a punch glass. Top with Prosecco, and grate some fresh nutmeg over the top, garnish with apple slices.

Be My Sweet-Tea


Ingredients:
  • 0.25 oz. lavender infused honey syrup
  • 0.25 oz. lime oleo saccharum (syrup from lime peels cured in sugar over night)
  • 0.75 oz. matcha tea
  • 2 oz. Pearousia Pear Brandy
  • Blood orange paint garnish (blood orange dust, honey, orange bitters)
Directions:
Serve shaken and strained over a large ice cube.

Don't Wanna Yuzu Love Tonight


Ingredients:
  • 2 oz. Watershed Gin
  • 1 oz. Yuzu Juice
  • .5 oz. Vanilla Bean Infused Simple Syrup
  • .25 oz. Citric Acid Water
Directions:
Garnish with orange bitters and candied ginger. Serve stirred over ice.

Virginia Good Bye


Ingredients:
  • 0.5 oz. luxardo liqueur
  • 2 oz. Roundstone Rye 80 Cream
  • Chocolate whipped cream
  • Coffee
  • Powdered cocoa
Directions:
Add first two ingredients in a coffee mug, top with coffee then whipped cream, sprinkle with cocoa.\n>>>>\nRoundstone Rye Cream:\n1 cup heavy cream\n14 oz. can sweet condensed milk\n2 tbsp. chocolate syrup\n2 tsp. vanilla extract\n1 tsp. instant coffee\n1⅔ cup Roudstone Rye 80 Proof\nBlend together, and store in refrigerator for up to 2 months.

Rose Colored Glasses


Ingredients:
  • 0.25 oz. rose cordial (like Guapo's)
  • 0.25 oz. thyme infused simple syrup
  • 1.5 oz. Watershed Gin
  • Ginger beer topper
  • Hibiscus Tea float (we like Dominion Tea in Purcellville)
Directions:
Serve stirred over ice with a sprig of thyme.

Colonial Mint Julep


Ingredients:
  • 0.5 oz. brown sugar syrup
  • 2 oz. Roundstone Rye
  • 6 mint leaves, plus additional for garnish
  • Crushed ice
Directions:
Muddle the mint in the bottom of the glass, add the syrup and whisky, stir, and add crushed ice and more garnish mint.

Maple Whiskey Sour


Ingredients:
  • 0.5 oz. aquafaba (optional)
  • 0.5 oz. Fresh Orange Juice
  • 0.5 oz. Maple Syrup
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon
  • 2 oz. Roundstone Rye
Directions:
Dry shake, then stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with a lemon twist.

Peach Cobbler


Ingredients:
  • 0.5 oz. Fresh lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz. peach simple syrup
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated ginger
  • 2 oz. Roundstone Rye
  • 2 slices ripe peach (previously frozen OK)
Directions:
Combine the peaches, ginger, lemon and syrup. Muddle to break the fruit. Add the whiskey and ice, and shake until chilled. Pour unstrained into a rocks glass and add more ice.

The Liberal


Ingredients:
  • 0.25 oz. Amer Picon
  • 0.75 oz. Dolin sweet vermouth
  • 0.75 oz. Roundstone Rye Cask Proof
  • Brandied cherry garnish
  • Rocks glass, big ice
Directions:
Enjoy!

Hey Now, You're an All Star


Ingredients:
  • 0.5 oz Catoctin Creek peach brandy
  • 0.75 oz. lime juice
  • 0.75 oz. Luxardo maraschino liqueur
  • 1 dropper Bittermens hopped grapefruit bitters
  • 1.5 oz Gosling amber rum
  • 3 slices star fruit
  • Garnish with anise-dusted star fruit
  • Mt. Defiance absinthe rinse
Directions:
Muddle star fruit, lime juice, liqueur, and bitters in a shaker. Add ice, rum, and pearousia to shaker and shake. Rinse glass with absinthe and double strain shaker into glass. garnish with an anise-studded star fruit.

Tuxedo Cocktail


Ingredients:
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • 1 oz. fino sherry
  • 2 oz. Watershed Gin
  • Lemon Twist
  • Martini glass
Directions:
Stirred, never shaken, and strained up into a martini glass.

Goodbye Cocktail


Ingredients:
  • 0.5 oz Pearousia pear brandy
  • 0.5 oz. Limoncello
  • Flute
  • Lemon ribbon garnish
  • Top with bubbles
Directions:
Enjoy!

French 120


Ingredients:
  • 0.75 oz. Butterfly Pea Tea & Basil Simple Syrup
  • 0.75 oz. Lemon juice
  • 2 oz. Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
  • Garnish with Yellow Cherry Tomato & Purple Basil Leaf
  • Top with Cava
Directions:
Serve in Champagne flute.

The Prescription


Ingredients:
  • A touch of simple syrup
  • Fresh fine strained orange juice
  • Fresh fine straineda lemon juice
  • Quarter Branch apple brandy
Directions:
Top with Angostura/apple bitters and garnish with orange peel. Enjoy!

Peche en Croute


Ingredients:
  • 0.5 oz. Aperol
  • 0.5 oz. Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz. fresh orange juice
  • 2 oz. Short Hill Peach Brandy
  • orange/honey syrup* (for rimming)
  • turbinado sugar (for rimming)
Directions:
Dip the rim of the glass in the orange/honey syrup, then into the turbinado sugar. Combine the first four ingredients over ice, and strain into the glass, being careful not to disturb the rim.\n>>>>\nOrange/Honey Syrup:\n1 oz. fresh orange juice\n2 oz. local honey\nCombine the two ingredients until well mixed.

Brandy Rebellion


Ingredients:
  • 15 dashes Orange Bitters
  • 15 oz. lime juice
  • 15 oz. Roundstone Rye
  • 25 oz. Quarter Branch Apple Brandy
  • 30 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 7.5 oz. grenadine
  • 7.5 oz. rich simple syrup (2:1 sugar to water)
Directions:
Combine all ingredients and garnish with apple wedges.

Rye Punch


Ingredients:
  • Cardamom bitters
  • Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye 'Cask Proof'
  • Lemon juice
  • Lime Juice
  • Plum-ginger beer
  • Soda
Directions:
Enjoy!

Apple Brandy Crusta


Ingredients:
  • Angostura bitters
  • Baked apple bitters
  • Catoctin Creek Apple Brandy
  • Cointreau
  • Lemon juice
  • Maraschino liqueur
Directions:
Enjoy!

Careful with the Siphon


Ingredients:
  • 0.5 oz. black pepper simple**
  • 0.5 oz. lemon
  • 0.75 oz. Catoctin Peach Brandy
  • 1.5 oz. corriander-infused Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin*
  • Muddled apple coin​ (a pinch of small diced apple pieces, recommend juicy varietals like Honey Crisp
  • Muddled Ginger coin​ (one small diced and peeled fresh of ginger)​
Directions:
Shaken, double strained into a coupe.\n>>>>\nCoriander infused Gin: \nSimply add two tablespoons of dried coriander (crushed to open the seeds) to a 750 mL bottle of Watershed Gin and then ​allow to steep for 24 hours. Finely strain and return to bottle. Will keep well past the season so make as many as you anticipate on using.\n>>>>\n​Black Pepper Simple Syrup: \n1½ cups water, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns, 1 tablespoon cracked black peppercorns - Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to bring mixture to a simmer; cook for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Strain the cooled syrup and refrigerate it in a container with a tight-fitting lid.

Killing Me Softly


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. raspberry syrup (steep raspberries in equal parts sugar and water for several hours)
  • 1-2 oz. Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy
  • Raspberries for Garnish
  • Sparking apple cider, Prosecco, Champagne, or Cava
Directions:
Add one or two ounces of brandy to the bottom of a Champagne flute, along with an ounce of raspberry syrup. Top with chilled sparkling wine or cider, and garnish with one or two raspberries.

Jack Rose


Ingredients:
  • Apple Brandy
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Lime wheel, for garnish
  • Pratt Grenadine
Directions:
Combine ingredients and enjoy!

Cidertini


Ingredients:
  • Apple Brandy
  • Apple slice, for garnish
  • Hard Cider
  • Pratt simple syrup
Directions:
Combine ingredients and enjoy!

Man of War


Ingredients:
  • 2 oz. Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
  • .5 oz. Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 oz. Gran Marnier
  • .5 oz. Lemon Juice
Directions:
Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Pour into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon and a brandied cherry.

Raspberry Rosemary Gimlet


Ingredients:
  • 2.5 oz. Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
  • .5 oz. Raspberry Rosemary Syrup
  • .5 oz. Lime Juice
Directions:
Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary. Raspberry Rosemary Syrup: 2 tbsp. Raspberry Jam, 1 tsp. Honey, 2 Sprigs Rosemary, 1.5 Cups of Water. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Remove Rosemary once it has slightly browned. Remove pan from stove and double strain syrup removing seeds and pulp. Refrigerate.