More Creative Cocktails With Euphrosine Gin #9

Creative mixologists across the state are inspired by Euphrosine Gin #9 to create new cocktails and new variations on old classics. Our latest roundup of compelling Euphrosine gin cocktails includes the Window Box, the Limey Bastard, and the Havana Aviation.

In Shreveport, a classic cocktail gets a new Euphrosine twist with the Havana Aviation at Havana Sports and Cigar Bar in the Highlands neighborhood.

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Photo courtesy of Havana Sports & Cigar Bar

In Baton Rouge, Matt Vondenstein at Driftwood Cask & Barrel has mixed up The Limey Bastard, a compelling concoction that Vondenstein describes as “pretty much a Mojito but with gin.”

The Bastard came about because “we decided to twist a drink that everyone already drinks and I think it’s delicious,” Vondenstein added. “We figured we would give an ode to all those British sailors that had to endure long voyages. Back in the day it was mainly rum that they drank. But a little known fact is that sailors put limes in their barrels to keep them from spoiling. Then they added mint to settle their stomachs. So yeah. Here is the Limey Bastard.”

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Indeed, here it is! Photo courtesy of Driftwood Cask & Barrel, Bastard in front, Matt Vondenstein in the back.

Meanwhile in New Orleans, noted mixologist Lu Brow created the very popular Window Box cocktail at DTB. A delicate herbal creation featuring fresh thyme, cucumber and egg white, the Window Box has since been succeeded by the a new Euphrosine cocktail called the #9 Collins on the DTB menu. (But you can probably still ask for the Window Box and get it.)

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Window Box photo courtesy of Lu Brow

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Toulouse Red Absinthe Snowball Kicks Off Cocktail Celebration at Southern Food & Beverage Museum

During these scorching days of summer, cooling refreshment is much desired. So it was most fitting that the “welcome punch” for the American Independents competition at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum was a snowball. An absinthe snowball, to be precise.

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The Toulouse Red Absinthe Snowball was created by noted bartender Star Hodgson, pictured above with a bottle of Toulouse Red and the cocktail, with assistance from visiting bartender Jonathan Pogash, The Cocktail Guru. Jonathan is shown at right, busily mixing another round.

The hibiscus note in Toulouse Red that adds both color and flavor was taken to another level by another key ingredient: a hibiscus syrup amaro, blended by Star. An inspired and stimulating combination!

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Summertime Cocktail Research: Barrel-Aged Gin Infusion & Laranjinha Cocktail

A few weeks back, while visiting a local barbecue joint, the manager asked if we could help develop a cocktail that would be complementary to their barbecue. Never one to shy away from a challenge, we took the matter in hand with some initial ideas from our discussion.

We had discussed the great affinity of Euphrosine Gin #9 Barrel-Finished Reserve and ginger; one go-to cocktail we have enjoyed a number of times is a mix of equal parts Barrel-Finished Reserve and ginger beer, along with a squeeze of lemon, on the rocks. With this tasty combination as an initial inspiration, we prepared an infusion of Barrel-Finished Reserve with ginger and a seasonal ingredient.

When thinking of barbecue, one complementary idea is to use a flavor unlike the main course. With this idea in mind, and the summertime upon us, peaches came to mind. So it came to pass that we infused a peach, some ginger, and a bottle of Barrel-Finished Reserve.

The result was spicy with a ginger kick and the peach in the background. A future variation might change the recipe to two or three peaches, plus the ginger. A barbecue aficionado might even put the peaches in the pit for some char and smoke as well.

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Peach-Ginger Barrel-Finished Reserve Infusion
1 bottle Euphrosine Gin #9 Barrel-Finished Reserve
25 grams ginger, peeled and cut into medium dice
1 peach, cut into large chunks (discard the pits, leave skin on)

Add all ingredients to a mason jar and infuse for 1 week, or to taste. After infusion is complete, drain the liquid through a strainer and back into the bottle. Add a label to the bottle to identify properly.

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Now that you have this base ingredient, it’s time to make cocktails!

After a few false starts and interesting experiments, inspiration struck.

Laranjinha Cocktail
2 ounces Barrel-Finished Reserve infusion
Juice of one small orange
1/2 ounce Amaro (dealer’s choice)

Add ice to a rocks glass; add all ingredients and stir gently.

(The name Laranjinha means “orange” in Portuguese)

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Euphrosine Gin #9 Arrives In California

We’re pleased to announce that our spirits are now available in California!

Our inaugural retail location in the Golden State is Barkeeper Silverlake, located in Los Angeles.

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Photo courtesy of Wesly Moore at Barkeeper Silverlake

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Atelier Vie Featured in New Orleans Advocate Distilleries Article

Jill Arnold at the New Orleans Advocate included us in this article on “must-visit distilleries in Louisiana.”

As Jill notes, “The dedication to craft and use of natural ingredients has turned heads nationally, too. Atelier Vie’s Toulouse Green and Euphrosine Gin #9 won Gold Medals from the American Distilling Institute.”

Come visit this weekend to taste for yourself and add some of our award-winning spirits to your personal collection!

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Good Spirits Keep Spreading! A Warm Welcome To Our Newest Accounts Throughout Louisiana

From New Orleans to Shreveport and points in-between, discerning restaurants, bars, and retail stores have been adding our spirits. Here are some of the most recent new locations to find our spirits.

 2 Johns Steak & Seafood, 2151 Airline Dr., Bossier City
Abby Singer’s Bistro, 617 Texas St., Shreveport
Charley G’s, 3809 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy, Lafayette
Chianti Restaurant, 6535 Line Ave., Shreveport
Havana Sports & Cigar Bar, Line Avenue and Pierremont Road, Shreveport
Indigo Indian Bistro, 8660 Fern Ave., Shreveport
Portside Lounge, 3000 Dryades St., New Orleans (Central City)
The Shreveport Club, 410 Travis St., Shreveport
 Stem Events & Lunch, 1513 Line Ave, Ste. 115, Shreveport
Vineria Fine Wine and Spirits, 784 E. Flournoy Lucas Rd., Shreveport
Warehouse No. 1, 1 Olive St., Monroe, LA

See our full list of where to buy our spirits, including online purchase options.

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Dried Wormwood From Our Harvest for Toulouse Green

After harvesting and drying our local wormwood over the past few weeks, it’s time to extract that delicious flavor into a batch of Toulouse Green.

We’ll be distilling tomorrow, visit from 10-2 to see absinthe coming off the still!

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Our Newest Retail Locations, Plus: Buy Absinthe Online!

A big welcome to our newest retail locations throughout Louisiana.

Acquistapace’s Mandeville, 631 N. Causeway Blvd, Mandeville
Coquette, 2800 Magazine St., New Orleans (Garden District)
DTB, 8201 Oak St., New Orleans (Riverbend)
Havana Sports & Cigar Bar, 211 Texas St., Shreveport
Rouses Market #38, 2851 Belle Chasse Hwy, Gretna
Rouses Market #65, 209 South Airline Hwy., Gonzales
Spirit Wine, 3500 Magazine St., New Orleans (Uptown)
Wine Country Bottle Shop, 608 Absinthe Court, Shreveport

Also, did you know that you can buy Toulouse Red and Toulouse Green online from I Heart Absinthe?

Yes, you can!

Buy Toulouse Red online
Buy Toulouse Green online

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Join Us This Saturday at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum for Made In Louisiana

This Saturday, April 1, join us for Made In Louisiana at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, from 12:30pm to 5pm.

We’ll be pouring tastes of Euphrosine Gin #9 and Barrel-Finished Reserve, along with Toulouse Red, Absinthe Rouge, and Toulouse Green, Absinthe Verte.

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Note: Due to our participation in Made in Louisiana, there will be no Bottle Sales Hours on Saturday, April 1. However, we’ll be open on Sunday, April 2. Visit us at the distillery on Sunday during our regular hours of 10am – 2pm.

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Creative Euphrosine Cocktails in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Arkansas

Expert mixologists know a good thing when they taste it. Even better, a great spirit can inspire new cocktail creations.

Euphrosine Gin #9 and Barrel-Finished Reserve are the impulse behind creative new cocktails in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Arkansas.

After a visit to the distillery by the Coquette team, mixologist CB got started on a “variation on a Hanky Panky” featuring Euphrosine, vermouth, bitters, and our Toulouse Red, Absinthe Rouge. We’re looking forward to the finished version!

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Photo courtesy of Coquette

Meanwhile in Arkansas, at Undercroft in Bentonville, bartender Brandon Davidson mixes Euphrosine Gin #9 Barrel-Finished Reserve with Scotch, Drambuie, and lemon to create the intriguing Buzzed Scot.

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Photo courtesy of Undercroft

Closer to home in Baton Rouge, snazzy new bar Driftwood Cask and Barrel has created the Limey Bastard, which has been cited as a “favorite” of head bartender Matt Vondenstein. Starting with a mojito concept, Vondenstein uses Euphrosine Gin #9 Barrel-Finished Reserve as the base spirit instead of rum.

Bringing it back home to New Orleans, Lexi Winston at Trinity has created the King’s Voodoo, which combines Euphrosine Gin #9 Barrel-Finished Reserve with lemon, sugar, ginger liqueur, sesame oil, and bitters. Reports from our correspondents say long live the King!

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