Seattle Spirits: 3 Local Distilleries to Heat up your Holidays

Seattle Spirits: 3 Local Distilleries to Heat up your Holidays

‘Tis the season to warm up with a craft cocktail by the fireplace. With Seattle’s continued success in homegrown, grassroots spirits production, more and more bars and restaurants are making a point to incorporate hyper local ingredients. This holiday, it’s time to follow suit. Whether you’re out on the town, hosting a holiday party, or just enjoying a nightcap, look for these leaders in local.

Captive Spirits Distilling
1518 NW 52nd St, Seattle, WA 98107

Established by Ben Capdevielle in 2011, Ballard’s Captive Spirits is known for their award winning Barrel Aged Big Gin and Bourbon Barreled Big Gin. Captive is exclusively focused on gin production. They have recently announced the limited release of The Peat Barreled Big Gin which will be offered by select distributors and The Barrel Reserve which is only available for a limited time for purchase at the distillery. These guys are Active on the local event scene too – if you’re lucky you might catch them hosting events like the Big Gin Dinner in collaboration with Tom Douglas’s Dahlia Lounge.

Hours: Tours available by appointment.
Buy it: Available at local retailers and nationally at all Total Wine locations
Try it:
RUSTIC PLEASURES APERTIF
2 oz Barrel Aged Big Gin
3/4 oz Suze
1/2 oz 1821 Bitters Rosemary Sage Syrup
1/2 oz 1821 Bitters Apple Cardamom Shrub
1/2 lemon juice
10 drops 1821 Bitters Chamomile Bitters

3 Howls Distillery
426 S Massachusetts St, Seattle, WA 98134

3 Howls was founded by Will Maschmeier and Craig Phalen in 2013. Nestled comfortably in the heart of Sodo, this local Seattle distillery produces 12 Northwest inspired libations including rum, vodka, whiskey, and gin. All of the spirits are hand bottled, labeled, and packaged by Mashmeier and Phalen. They pride themselves in all natural ingredients like the sweet Barbados molasses in the White Label Rum and rose petals in the award winning Blood Orange Vodka. Everything is vapor infused for the most unique flavor experience. The distillery is also dog friendly.

Hours: Weekdays 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM; weekends by appointment
Buy it: Available at local retailers and nationally at all Total Wine locations
Try it:
HOT BUTTERED RUM
1.5 oz 3 Howls Spiced Rum
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Pinch salt
A couple of dashes of Pumpkin Pie Spice (to taste)
Grated nutmeg
Boiling water

Mix butter, brown sugar, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Fill coffee mug ¾ full with boiling water. Add 3 Howls Spiced Rum to water. Add 1 tablespoon butter/sugar mixture to water. Stir and finish with a sprinkle of grated nutmeg on top. Add more than 1 tablespoon of the butter/sugar mix if you desire something a little more sweet and creamy.

Fremont Mischief
132 N Canal St Seattle, WA 98103

Mischief is known for utilizing heirloom grains and small-crop conventional rye if not local organic. The ingredients come straight from Whidbey Island where soft winter wheat and emmer are grown specifically for Mischief. The result is a soft finish full of flavor with support for and from Washington and the Willamette Valley. Mischief produces vodka, whiskey, and gin.

Hours: Wednesday through Friday: 12:00PM – 6:00PM; Saturday: 11:00AM – 6:00PM; Sunday: 11:00PM – 4:00PM
Try it:
TRIPLE TROUBLE
1 oz Mischief Whiskey
1 oz Starbucks Double-shot Espresso
1 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream

Fill shaker with ice and shake 20 times. Strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with mint.

The Silent Killer
107.7 Deck the Hall Ball 2015