The 12 Days of Speakeasy: Day 3

Weekends are something to cherish, so we advocate making the most of them. This Saturday, avoid the mall. Nobody needs that kind of stress. Keep those sweats on a bit longer and pour yourself a morning cocktail. Once that bottle of bubbly is gone, it will probably be time for a nap. When a standard Mimosa just won’t cut it, we highly recommend this supercharged libation:

On the third day of Christmas my true love poured for me a:

Super Mimosa

1 ounce Speakeasy vodka

2-3 ounces bubbly (depending on glass size)

2 ounces orange juice

Pour the vodka, followed by the bubbly into a glass. Top off with the juice of your choice. Toast, clink, drink! Repeat.

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The 12 Days of Speakeasy: Day 2

Not unlike holiday traditions, some cocktail recipes are often considered sacred. Nostalgia tells us there are some things that should never change. But lately we’ve been wondering, after 50 years of using the same green bean casserole recipe, isn’t it time for an update?

When it comes to mixers, nothing beats fresh squeezed juice. A classic Greyhound is one of our favorite cocktails. With this next recipe we’re putting a new twist on an old favorite.

On the second day of Christmas my true love poured for me:

The Italian Greyhound

2 ounces Speakeasy vodka

3 ounces San Pellegrino Pompelmo

Garnish with grapefruit wedge (optional)

Fill a glass with ice. Add vodka and top off with San Pellegrino Pompelmo. Stir and enjoy. Serves one.

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The 12 Days of Speakeasy: Day 1

Last year we had a ton of fun sharing the 12 Drinks of Christmas with you. This year we plan on continuing the tradition by highlighting our first release, Speakeasy vodka. For the next 12 days we’ll feature a new or classic vodka cocktail for you to enjoy this holiday season. What better way to heighten the spirits of friends and family than with a cocktail? I’m sure they’ll prefer 12 days of Speakeasy over “12 drummers drumming.”

This first cocktail is a classic and a favorite among many of our friends. Here’s to drinking well with good friends near and far:

On the first day of Christmas my true love poured for me a:

Speakeasy and Soda

2 ounces Speakeasy vodka

2 ounces soda water

2 lime wedges

Fill a glass with ice. Squeeze the juice of two lime wedges into the glass and place the fruit onto the ice. Add vodka and top off with soda water. Stir and enjoy. Serves one.

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The Meriwether Cocktail

Meet the Meriwether. She’s a sassy little thing that packs a real punch.

Bartending genius and owner of The Blue Glass, Patricia Bellafanto is the master mixologist behind this delightful, slightly tart creation featuring Speakeasy vodka.

The Meriwether Cocktail begins with a generous pour of Speakeasy vodka. Add fresh lemon juice and a splash of Luxardo. Shake well and serve up. Add a float of Crème Yvette before serving to create a lovely layering effect. Drink with or without a twist of lemon (the bartenders at The Blue Glass have varying views on the subject.)


Here’s the answer to your next question: Crème Yvette is a delicious liqueur made from a blend of natural berry fruits (mainly blackberries), spices and violet petals. Their bottle claims it has “…been a favorite among bartenders for more than a century, it has been heralded as one of the most important cocktail ingredients of all time.

Obviously the marketing folks at Crème Yvette are quite humble about their product…

The Blue Glass is the only bar in city where you can order your own Meriwether Cocktail. If you’re trying to impress your date, order this tribute to our namesake next time you’re out.

It works 80% of the time, 100% of the time.

The Blue Glass

704 NW 65th St

Seattle, WA 98117


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Buying Local

Buy local. Small Business Saturday.  As the country works toward economic recovery, slogans like these are becoming more popular.  People everywhere are championing locally made products and helping to develop small businesses within their communities.

While campaigns like these are happening all over the country, Washingtonians have touted these values for years. We feel proud to live among a high concentrate of people who bought local before it was “cool”, valued organic before it was in every supermarket, and continue to seek out products made in their community. These values were part of the reason we founded our distillery in Seattle rather than move elsewhere. Why not relocate somewhere sunnier, with warm beaches and a real need for sunscreen? Because an inherent love of local wasn’t there and Seattle’s passion is part of what drives us to make exceptional spirits.

While still shopping, our distiller really made the rounds. Dreams of European-made copper towers danced in his head. There was a long love affair with a specific European-made still followed by a round of speed dating with multiple other international brands. But in the end, true distillery love was found at home. We realized that purchasing the biggest and most important piece of distillery equipment should be done in the states. Spending our hard earned money elsewhere didn’t feel right. Supporting still manufactures in the US became nonnegotiable.  We figure that locally made products should be distilled in locally made equipment.

There are a lot of lovely stills manufactured all over the world, but we’re proud to say that ours was built here in the northwest.

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Speakeasy Vodka

Meriwether Distilling Company is excited to announce the upcoming release of Speakeasy Vodka.

In grand speakeasy tradition, our vodka is about cutting loose and coming together. Made from locally grown, organic heirloom rye, Speakeasy is distilled in small batches at our distillery in the Georgetown District of Seattle. We think it’s simply the best vodka you’ve ever tasted.

The first bottles will be available for purchase on June 22nd, 2012! Buy your own and request it at your favorite bar or restaurant!

Due to a high volume of requests, individual bottle sales will be first come, first serve.  For information regarding sales or to reserve a case, please contact Michelle at

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Washington State’s Repeal Day

This Friday, June 1st Washington state stores over 10,000 sq. feet will legally be allowed to sell liquor for the first time since prohibition. Although this issue has been hotly debated in the craft distilling world, we are very excited to see craft products available in more locations. Please support craft distillers by purchasing local spirits at a store near you!

Bottoms up Washington, here’s to our first Repeal Day!


Brand Evolution

In the eight months since I announced the launch of my distillery, I’ve been working tirelessly to get the doors open. Like the majority of craft distillers, I came into this business because I love spirits and felt a pull to create them. There is something truly American about the desire to build and invent things.

Within the last month our progress has accelerated. Nearly all the pieces my team has been working so hard on have fallen into place.  I have finalized my recipe and am producing the best vodka I’ve ever tasted. After purchasing and installing a larger still, we are now running five times the volume and producing spirits six days a week. Lastly (and most excitingly), we have been working with the TTB and expect to have our label approved within the next 10 days. Once we are given the final thumbs up, we will release our label and begin selling immediately.

Surprisingly, over the course of these eight months, I’ve seen my company change in unexpected ways.  We’ve explored who we are as a distillery and have created a foundation for who we’ll be in the future. Just like our vodka has evolved into something better, so has our brand. We believe these changes should not only reflect on the inside, but on the outside as well. Before we release any product, we wanted to release this: The new Meriwether Distilling Company logo.

We wouldn’t want to you confuse our products with anything sub par.


The beast is back!

The second-most-important member of the Meriwether Distilling Company family has returned. After a long La Nina ski season, the Beast will spend her summer vacation at the distillery. With perks like unlimited Bio Diesel and the occasion oversized car wash, we can confidently say this might be the Beast’s best summer yet.

Who wouldn’t want to spend summer vacation delivering booze?


Pink Drink!

When most people think of Easter they envision plastic grass, egg hunts and seersucker pants. For us, Easter is a fantastic excuse to enjoy a guilt free breakfast cocktail. Here’s a great alternative to the predictable (yet delicious) mimosa.

The Greyhound (Michelle’s favorite cocktail ever)

2 ounces vodka

4 ounces fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice

Fresh squeezed grapefruit is the key to making a successful Greyhound. Don’t skimp and buy canned juice. Pour vodka over ice. Add grapefruit juice and stir. Serves one, straw optional.

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