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Litchfield Distillery Vodka PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Litchfield Distillery Vodka
Litchfield, Connecticut is home to Litchfield Distillery Vodka where their motto is "The Spirit of Hard Work" and the taste is delectably outstanding! Made in small batches from locally grown corn in Sharon, Connecticut, Litchfield Distillery Vodka is another fine example of Connecticut's heritage of excellence. This high-quality delicious vodka is gluten-free, is a great sipping vodka, and works well in both cocktail and culinary recipes. Luxury Experience was "In the kitchen and behind the bar®" creating handcrafted artisanal cocktail and culinary recipes to showcase this outstanding vodka.

Litchfield Distillery VodkaProduct Information: Litchfield Distillery Vodka is made from locally grown corn from nearby Sharon, Connecticut, and is gluten-free. It is 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof), and each bottle proudly bears its handwritten bottle and batch numbers on the front of the bottle. Our bottle number was 992, signed JG, Batch 18. Litchfield Distillery Vodka retails for $29.95 for a 750 ml bottle. Presentation is everything, and Litchfield Distillery Vodka is presented in a beautifully designed tall bottle with a red label proudly bearing their logo of a batcher rolling a barrel and a red wax covered stopper; the product is a showstopper.  

Bottle notes: "One day we looked around at our beautiful rolling hills and said, "Boy, wish we could bottle this." So we did. Our Batchers' Vodka is distilled from luscious Connecticut corn grown during the beautiful summer months. Our small batch philosophy ensures you get an impeccably clean and smooth vodka worthy of any cocktail."  

Tasting Notes: Made from sweet locally grown summer corn, the nose is sweet and aromatic. On the palate, there is a lovely hint of sweetness and a beautifully long and silky-smooth clean finish. This high-quality vodka is nice as a sipping vodka over ice and is also an admirable companion in cocktail and culinary recipes. 

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 Litchfield Distillery Vodka. As Litchfield Distillery makes their delectable vodka from locally grown corn, we went to the Saturday Greenwich Farmers' Market to buy the freshest of sweet corn to use in our recipes.  

Luxury Experience - Litchfield Distillery Vodka Cocktail and Culinary Menu

 

The Cocktail Menu 

Luxury Experience - A-Maize-Ing Martini
Luxury Experience - New Riders of the Pineapple Sage 

The Culinary Menu

Luxury Experience - Chilled Avocado and Coconut Soup
Luxury Experience - Layered Shrimp Salad with LDV Vinaigrette

 

Cocktail Recipes

Luxury Experience - A-Maize-Ing Martini - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - A-Maize-Ing Martini 

The inspiration for Luxury Experience - A-Maize-Ing Martini came from LD Vodka which is distilled from corn and from our weekly trip to the Saturday Greenwich Farmers' Market where we purchased sweet corn. Sage pairs well with corn, so we created a homemade sage shrub to combine with the fresh corn juice and Litchfield Distillery Vodka to create a very special cocktail that pairs well with our culinary recipes. This cocktail would also be very nice to serve at a clam or lobster bake.  

Note: Shrub is a vinegar-based solution that adds layers of flavors to cocktails and is a mixologist's best friend. 

Luxury Experience - A-Maize-Ing Martini
Yield: 1 Cocktail
Glass Used: Martini Glass 

Cocktail Ingredients: 

2.0

Ounces

Litchfield Distillery Vodka

0.5

Ounce

Fresh Corn Juice

0.5

Ounce

Homemade Sage Shrub (recipe below)

4

 

Ice Cubes

1

 

Baby Corn, garnish

 

 

 

Homemade Sage Vinegar Ingredients: 

1

Cup

White Distilled Vinegar

2

Large

Fresh Sage Leaves

Method for the Sage Vinegar: Add vinegar to a microwaveable glass measuring cup. Add the sage leaves and bring to a boil. Let cool. Strain vinegar into a covered glass jar and discard sage leaves. Store in the refrigerator until needed. 

Homemade Sage Simple Syrup: 

1

Cup

Water

1

Cup

Sugar

4

Medium

Sage Leaves

Method for the Sage Simple Syrup: Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil until sugar is dissolved and liquid is clear. Remove from heat, let cool. Strain simple syrup into a covered glass jar, discard sage leaves. 

Method for the Homemade Sage Shrub: Mix 4-ounces Sage Vinegar with 4-ounces Sage Simple Syrup to create the Sage Shrub. Store in the refrigerator in a covered glass jar until needed. 

Reserve the rest of the Sage Vinegar and the Sage Simple Syrup for the other culinary and cocktail recipes. 

Method for the Corn Juice: Remove kernels from an ear of fresh sweet corn with a knife. Place in a blender and liquefy. Strain juice into a glass jar, discard the pulp.  

Method for the Cocktail: Chill a Martini glass. Set aside. To a cocktail shaker, add the Litchfield Distillery Vodka, fresh corn juice, Homemade Sage Shrub, and 4 ice cubes. Shake hard until ice dissolves. Strain into the chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a baby corn. (Note: baby corn is sold in cans in supermarkets.) 

Luxury Experience - New Riders of the Pineapple Sage 

Luxury Experience - New Riders of the Pineapple Sage is our playful homage to the band, New Riders of the Purple Sage. This refreshing cocktail is made with Litchfield Distillery Vodka, Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, fresh pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, and sage simple syrup. Garnished with fresh pineapple and sage, this cocktail is destined to be a great ride for your palate.  

Image

Luxury Experience - New Riders of the Pineapple Sage
Yield: 1 Cocktail
Glass Used: Rocks Glass

Cocktail Ingredients: 

1.75

Ounces

Litchfield Distillery Vodka

0.25

Ounce

Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur

1.50

Ounce

Fresh Pineapple Juice

0.25

Ounce

Homemade Sage Simple Syrup

0.25

Ounce

Fresh Lime Juice

 

 

Fresh Pineapple and Sage Leaf, garnish

 Method for the Cocktail: Add all ingredients to a mixing glass, stir and pour into an ice-filled rocks glass. Add small chunks of pineapple to the cocktail and garnish with fresh pineapple and a sage leaf for a pretty presentation. 

Culinary Recipes

Luxury Experience - Chilled Avocado and Coconut Soup - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience -Chilled Avocado and Coconut Soup 

Litchfield Distillery Vodka makes a great addition to culinary recipes, and Luxury Experience Chilled Avocado and Coconut Soup is a perfect no-cook starter for warm summer entertaining. 

Luxury Experience -Chilled Avocado and Coconut Soup
Servings: 4 

Luxury Experience - Chilled Avocado and Coconut Soup Ingredients: 

1

Large

Avocado, ripen, peeled, chopped, reserve pit

8

Ounces

Coconut Milk (unsweetened)

8

Ounces

Chicken Broth

1

Large

Garlic Clove, minced into the chicken broth

0.5

Ounce

Fresh Lime Juice

2

Ounces

Litchfield Distillery Vodka

 

 

Salt and Pepper, to taste

 

 

Cilantro Garnish

Method for the Soup: Add the minced garlic to the chicken broth and microwave until boiling. Set aside and let cool to infuse the garlic into the broth. 

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until very smooth and creamy. Chill soup for at least an hour with the avocado pit in it to retain the vibrant color. If in a hurry, chill soup in an ice-water bath. 

Note: Keeping the pit in the avocado soup (or when making guacamole) until serving time will help the avocado keep its bright green color. 

Presentation: Pour into bowls and garnish with cilantro. 

Luxury Experience - Layered Shrimp Salad with LDV Vinaigrette is layers of lusciousness enhanced with a very flavorful LDV vinaigrette. This is an easy and elegant recipe for anytime entertaining. Keeping with our theme of freshness and excellence to complement the LD Vodka we used corn from the farmers' market and a lovely organic Extra Virgin Olive Oli (EVOO) from Italy, from The Trentasette Collection Organic EVOO. 

Luxury Experience - Layered Shrimp Salad with LDV Vinaigrette - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - Layered Shrimp Salad with LDV Vinaigrette
Yield: 4 Servings 

Shrimp Salad Ingredients: 

20

Large

Shrimp

1

Large

Avocado, ripe, small diced

1

Ear

Corn on the Cob, cooked, kernels removed

2

Large

Heirloom Tomatoes, small diced

 

 

Baby Spinach

 

 

Cilantro, garnish

LDV Vinaigrette Ingredients: 

1

Ounce

Litchfield Distillery Vodka

1

Ounce

Homemade Sage Shrub

1

Ounce

The Trentasette Collection Organic EVOO

 

 

Salt and Pepper, to taste

Method for the LDV Vinaigrette: Add all ingredients to a bottle and shake until combined. 

Presentation for the layered shrimp salad: Reserve 4 shrimp to garnish each of the bowls. Chop the remaining shrimp. 

Place baby spinach in the bottom of 4 bowls. Add a layer of tomatoes, avocado, corn, and lastly the shrimp. Generously drizzle vinaigrette over each of the salads. Garnish each salad with a whole shrimp. 

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

Video - Luxury Experience's Debra C. Argen - discussing the Litchfield Distillery Vodka recipes - https://youtu.be/tsECQzR4rT0   

 

Background Information on "The Batchers of Litchfield Distillery" - David, Jack, and Peter Baker 

The Bakers - David Baker, Jack Baker, Peter Baker
The Bakers
David, Jack, Peter

The Bakers - David, Jack, and Peter, grew up in Connecticut in the water bottling business, bringing Crystal Rock water to discerning consumers for three generations. With their dedicated family-business focus they launched Litchfield Distillery in the heart of the northwest of Connecticut's beautiful farm country, where they craft their exceptional line of bourbons, vodka, and gin in small batches from the best of locally sourced ingredients from the area's farms. Litchfield Distillery - The Spirit of Hard Work 

Litchfield Distillery Exceptional Product Line includes: Bourbons, Rye, Vodkas, and Gin.

Read about other Litchfield Distillery products with more great Luxury Experience's Culinary and Cocktail Recipes in the Liquor Cabinet section. 

For more information on Litchfield Distillery Vodka, purchasing their products, or visiting them in Litchfield, Connecticut, please call them at +1-860-361-6503 or visit their website: www.LitchfieldDistillery.com 

Litchfield Distillery - The Batcher

Litchfield Distillery
569 Bantam Road
Litchfield, Connecticut 06759
United States
Telephone: +1-860-361-6503
Website: www.LitchfieldDistillery.com
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