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Continuum Distilling Drops PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Continuum Drops - Continuum Distilling Drops
Continuum Distilling, founded in 2019 and based out of Waterbury, Connecticut, has created a delectable  alcohol  called Continuum Distilling "Drops" made from local Connecticut Craft Beer IPAs. Continuum Distilling is the brainchild of Head Distiller Brandon CollinsJim Baranowski, brothers Tom and Jason Sobocinski, and Master Brewer Tyler Jones of Black Hog Brewing, who have partnered to create a unique and very tasty spirit. Distilled from "Grain, Cane, and Hops," Continuum Distilling Drops is a delectable clear spirit with floral, bright, hoppy notes, and 46% alcohol by volume (92 proof). Crafted in small batches, the Batch Number is handwritten on each on bottle.

 

Continuum Drops - Continuum Distilling DropsProduct Information: Continuum Distilling Drops is a crystal-clear spirit made from locally crafted CT IPAs, is double-distilled and unaged, which gives it its characteristic "floral, bright and hoppy flavor" with a hop forward nose, herbaceous, citrus, and floral notes. 46% alcohol by volume (92 proof), each bottle proudly bears its handwritten batch number on the front of the bottle. Drops retails for $35 for a 750 ml bottle.  

Bottle notes: "We are dedicated to distilling exceptional, unique spirits with minimal use of raw materials, utilizing re-purposed items/equipment in our process, and limiting our water consumption. Using local breweries' reclaimed materials is the key to our success in crafting our spirits. Pour yourself a drink and Maintain the Continuum. Continuum Distilling - Spirits distilled from grain, cane, and hops."  

Tasting Notes: Continuum Distilling Drops has a clean, refreshing nose, with sweet, floral, and herbal notes. On the palate, the flavors continue, and it finishes very well. Super smooth, Drops can be served chilled over ice, is excellent in cocktails, as well as in culinary recipes. The only limitation is your imagination. Our bottle proudly bears the handwritten batch number, 001.  

Luxury Experience was "In the kitchen and behind the bar®" creating some incredibly special handcrafted cocktail and culinary recipes to tempt your palate and inspire your own creations using Continuum Distilling Drops.  

Luxury Experience - Continuum Distilling Drops Cocktail and Culinary Menu  

 

The Cocktail Menu
Luxury Experience - CT Blues
Luxury Experience - Cucumber Martini
Luxury Experience - Green Dragon 

The Culinary Menu
Luxury Experience - Spirited Orange Mint Sorbet 

 

Cocktail Recipes 

Luxury Experience - CT Blues - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - CT Blues cocktail combines Continuum Distilling Drops, (Connecticut) blueberries, lemon juice, sugar, fresh mint, and Blackberry Bubly Sparkling Water for a refreshing summer cocktail. We incorporated lemon and mint in this cocktail to complement Drops' citrus and herbal notes.  
 

Luxury Experience - CT Blues
Yield: 1 Cocktail
Glass Used: Rocks  

Cocktail Ingredients: 

2

Ounces

Continuum Distilling Drops

14

 

Fresh Blueberries

0.25

Ounce

Lemon Juice

1

Tablespoon

Sugar

2

Leaves

Fresh Mint

1

Ounce

Blackberry Bubly Sparkling Water

 

 

Mint, Lemon Peel, garnish

Method for the Cocktail: To a mixing glass, add the blueberries, mint leaves, and sugar. Muddle. Add the Blackberry Bubly Sparkling Water and stir. Pour into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with generous lemon peel studded with mint leaves.  

Luxury Experience - Cucumber Martini - photo by Luxury Experience 

Luxury Experience - Cucumber Martini is made with Continuum Distilling Drops, cucumber juice, Extra Dry Vermouth, and lemon juice, and the result is delectably delicious.  
 

Luxury Experience - Cucumber Martini 
Yield: 1 Cocktail
Glass Used: Martini Glass  

Cocktail Ingredients:
 

2.25

Ounces

Continuum Distilling Drops

0.25

Ounce

Cucumber Juice, from Persian Cucumber

0.25

Ounce

Extra Dry Vermouth

0.25

Ounce

Lemon Juice

 

 

Cucumber Peel and Chive Blossom, garnish

Method for the Cucumber Juice: Cut a Persian cucumber in half lengthwise. Juice half the cucumber in a blender, strain juice, and reserve.  

Method for the Cocktail: Chill a Martini glass. In a shaker glass, add the Continuum Distilling Drops, cucumber juice, Extra Dry Vermouth, lemon juice, and 4 ice cubes. Shake until ice is dissolved. Strain into chilled Martini glass. Add cucumber and chive garnish.  

Method for the Cucumber Chive Garnish: Use a vegetable peeler to cut the remaining half of the cucumber into long strips for garnish. If using chives and chive blossom, roll one cucumber strip, poke a hole through the rolled cucumber with a skewer and insert the chive stem with chive blossom. Tie end of the chive stem. If not using chives, secure rolled cucumber with a bamboo skewer. 

 

VIDEO: How to make the Cucumber Martini: https://youtu.be/2A9xaRRMcN8  

 

Luxury Experience - Green Dragon - photo by Luxury Experience 

Luxury Experience - Green Dragon combines Continuum Distilling Drops, avocado, homemade chive simple syrup, and lime juice, and while it is not a health drink, it certainly is tasty. The avocado provides body and a rich creaminess, and the chive simple syrup plays up the herbal notes.  

Luxury Experience - Green Dragon
Yield: 1 Cocktail
Glass Used: Martini Glass 

Cocktail Ingredients:
 

2

Ounces

Continuum Distilling Drops

2

Tablespoons

Avocado

0.25

Ounce

Chive Simple Syrup (see recipe below)

0.25

Ounce

Lime Juice

Chive Simple Syrup Ingredients:
 

1

Cup

Water

1

Cup

Sugar

2

Tablespoons

Chives, chopped

Method for the Chive Simple Syrup: Add water and sugar to a saucepan, bring to a boil. Add chives and continue to boil until liquid is clear and sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat, let cool, and store in refrigerator in a glass jar until ready to use. Lasts several weeks and can be used to sweeten cocktails and other beverages, brush on fruit and grill, or add to your favorite marinade.  

Method for the Cocktail: Chill a Martini glass. In a shaker glass, add the avocado and muddle. Add the chive simple syrup, lime juice, and continue to muddle (mash) the avocado until exceptionally smooth. Add the Continuum Distilling Drops, and 4 ice cubes. Shake until ice is dissolved. Strain into chilled Martini glass.  

Culinary Recipes

Luxury Experience - Spirited Orange Mint Sorbet - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - Spirited Orange Mint Sorbet is a refreshing palate cleanser to serve between courses or as a light, summertime dessert. Made with Continuum Distilling Drops, orange zest, orange juice, fresh mint, and sugar, Luxury Experience's Spirited Orange Mint Sorbet is like tasting summer with every spoonful.  

Luxury Experience - Spirited Orange Mint Sorbet 

Cocktail Ingredients:
 

1

Large

Orange, zested

8

Leaves

Fresh Mint

0.5

Cup

Sugar

4

Ounces

Orange Juice, freshly juiced

20

Ounces

Water

1

Pinch

Pink Himalayan Salt

4

Ounces

Continuum Distilling Drops

 

 

Fresh Mint, garnish

Method for the Sorbet: To a blender, add the orange zest, fresh mint, and sugar. Blend until sugar is very powdery, and mint is very fine. Add the orange juice, water, and salt to the sugar mint mixture, and blend until very smooth.  

Add the mixture to a saucepan and bring to a boil to dissolve sugar and incorporate flavors. Remove from heat and let cool. Add the Continuum Distilling Drops, stir, and pour into a plastic container. Freeze mixture overnight. Remove from freezer, place frozen mixture in a food processor, and process until sorbet is very smooth. Place back in plastic container and freeze for several hours before serving.  

Presentation: Garnish with fresh mint if desired.

 

Video: How to make the Spirited Orange Mint Sorbet: https://youtu.be/F9z_cR_caTQ    

 

We hope that you enjoy trying Luxury Experience's cocktail and culinary recipes, and that they inspire you to create your own recipes. Cheers!  

Continuum Distilling - Drops, Charred, ContinuRum

Continuum Distilling Exceptional Craft Spirits Product Line: 

Drops, distilled from CT crafted IPAs, double-distilled and unaged, which gives it its characteristic "floral, bright and hoppy flavor" with hop forward nose, herbaceous, citrus, and floral notes. 46% alcohol by volume (92 proof). Drops retails for $35 for a 750 ml bottle. 

RELIEF Drops - Continuum DistillingRELIEF Drops, limited release spirit created for CONTINUUM BREWERY PARTNER RELIEF FUND. "We want to help our brewery partners during this unprecedented time by offering some RELIEF. $10 from each bottle of RELIEF will be put into our CT Brewery Relief Fund and donated back to the breweries who helped us make this special spirit. Our hope is that we can stop the dumping of great CT Craft beer into our waterways and help our partners in brewing who are in need." RELIEF Drops are available in 750 ml bottles and retails for $35 bottle or $100 for 3 bottles.  

Charred, their flagship "beer whiskey" made from brown ales, stouts & porters. Aged on local wood staves for a rich toasted flavor. 48% alcohol by volume (96 proof), available in 375 ml ($30 bottle) and 750 ml ($55) bottles.  

ContinuRum, a unique craft rum, made with 100% blackstrap molasses. 45% alcohol (90 proof), available in 750 ml at $30 bottle.  

Background Information on Continuum Distilling 

Continuum Distilling Team - Continuum Distilling Drops
Head Distiller Brandon Collins, Jim Baronowski,
Jason Sobocinski, Tyler Jones, Tom Sobocinski

"Usually distiller's beer is comprised of only the most basic grains with the purpose of extracting the most sugar possible to obtain an optimal efficient conversion into alcohol.  We discovered that there are multiple steps in the brewing process where ingredients, such as sugars, fermented out beer with yeast in suspension, and flavorful solids can all be recouped and repurposed for distilling.  It would be extremely expensive to attempt to recreate these flavors as beers and distill them for a spirit, but when these delicious compounds can be utilized using disposed waste or "trimmings" from the brew process...that is when sustainability and innovation marry to make something exceptional! Continuum strives to be resourceful in our process by minimizing our usage of raw materials, repurposing items/equipment for the distilling and aging process and limiting our water consumption to produce truly unique and exceptional spirits with as little footprint as possible."  

For more information on Continuum Distilling, purchasing their products, or visiting them in Waterbury, Connecticut, please call them at +1-203-725-3291 or visit their website: www.ContinuumDistilling.com 

Continuum Distilling Drops   

Continuum Distilling
2066 Thomaston Avenue (next to Brass Works Brewing)
Waterbury, Connecticut 06704
United States
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