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My Berry Amour


This is a great Summer drink that makes use of fresh strawberries, local honey (we used Catskill Provisions) and McKenzie Bourbon. It’s refreshing, but complex…(Read More)

New York State Distillers Guild Launches New Website

February 18, 2017

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,, your one-stop source of information about craft spirits and…

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The Great Pot Still Experiment

January 6, 2017

Those of you familiar with our team here at Finger Lakes Distilling already know that we take our craft very seriously. In fact, we are so busy perfecting the science of our distillation that we have absolutely no time…

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The FLD Holiday Gift Guide

December 10, 2016

At Finger Lakes Distilling, we like to make sure that all of our friends and fans enjoy as much of the holiday spirit as possible. So we’ve taken the stress out of finding the perfect gift for the whiskey…

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FLD Featured Staff: Pat LeBaron

November 9, 2016

For many employees here at Finger Lakes Distilling, our staff isn’t just a group of people working together. It’s also a close-knit community made up of old friends, new friends, and even family. Pat Lebaron, our next…

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FLD Featured Staff: Glenn Grottenthaler

March 24, 2016

Over the next few months we will be introducing some staff members who you might run into during a trip to our distillery. Between customers coming in, I had the opportunity to talk with one of our tasting room managers…

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Our Approach to Oak

March 24, 2016

American White Oak (Quercus Alba) is a cornerstone of American Whiskey. To some, adequate aging is the single most influential character in a whiskey’s flavor profile and quality. This is why here at Finger Lakes Distilling, we take very…

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The McKenzie Scarf

January 25, 2016

Cinnamon, cloves, cranberries, and apples are all favorites of any cold season. Combined with our Rye Whiskey and Cassis Liqueur, this hot drink will warm your throat, like a soft, warm scarf…

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Cranberry Bog

November 17, 2015

1.5 Oz McKenzie Gin 2 Dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters 2 Dashes Fee Brothers Cranberry Bitter’s 1/2 oz. Tait Farm’s Ginger Shrub 2 oz. Cranberry Juice   Build cocktail in a rocks glass over ice. Garnish…

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November 16, 2015

John Pulos Soon to hit the shelves at Finger Lakes Distilling will be Yobo Soju .  If you were reading this in Korea or Japan – no explanation would be needed.  Soju is Korea’s most popular alcoholic beverage (a distilled…

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Classic Cocktails

April 21, 2015

– John Pulos The “Cocktail.”  Just the name still brings a snicker at the local bistro.  Be assured though, that if you consume spirits, you have consumed a libation known as a “cocktail.”   Although it is not known who, when,…

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The History of Brandy

February 20, 2015

By John Pulos   “Burnt Wine.”  There is documented proof that Mediterranean traders brought primitive stills to Europe by the Third Century.  Arabic records indicate their use of stills in the Eighth Century.  Arab alchemists experimented with distilling grapes to…

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A History of Bitters

January 20, 2015

Finger Lakes Distilling welcomes Joe Fee of Fee Brothers and their renowned array of cocktail bitters on February 12 at the distillery.  Joe, who is the fourth generation of his family to own the company, lectures all over the world…

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Single Barrel Release Party

November 6, 2014

Last Sunday was a fantastic day at FLD. In honor of 5 years in business, we released a very special Single Barrel of Wheated Bourbon. The crowd started forming when we opened the doors at 11 am and people started…

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This Season’s (2014) Rye

July 23, 2014

Thomas Earl gives us an update on our current rye crop, located just 1/4 mile south of our distillery. He wrote this at the end of June and we will be seeing our harvest in the next week or…

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What is Gin?: FLD Spirited Education Series

April 7, 2014

  Gin is a fantastically diverse spirit, in terms of flavor and cocktail use. The distiller’s choice of botanicals, methods, and styles has left the consumer with many choices to make their Martini or build their G&T…

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Bom Dia Brazil

April 7, 2014

This Winter, I had the opportunity to travel to Brazil with our trade organization, DISCUS, and a handful of other U.S. distillers. The trip was made possible through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Market Access Program (M…

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