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Four for the Fourth: Our Favorite Independence Day Cocktails

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 Let freedom ring.  (Photo by   Kate Magee  )

Let freedom ring.

(Photo by Kate Magee)

The Fourth of July may mean cookouts, hotdogs, and pool parties, but that doesn't mean you have to get stuck drinking cheap beer and lukewarm white wine. In the spirit of America's original spirit, we here at Belle Isle Moonshine want to help you get properly patriotic this Independence Day. Whether you're headed to the beach or your backyard, break free from your cocktail slump with these four 'shiny recipes that are sure to please any independent woman (or man). Happy Fourth, everyone!

Photos by Joey Wharton.

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Belle Isle Moonshine is a premium, handcrafted spirit proudly hailing from Richmond, Virginia.

We take the name Belle Isle from a small, 540-acre island located smack dab in the middle of the James River where Civil War soldiers used surplus corn rations to make moonshine in copper kettles.

Belle Isle Moonshine is distilled from 100% organic corn, grown by three family farms and responsibly sourced. Once triple-distilled, we charcoal filter Belle Isle four times over. Then, we cut it with purified water right from the James River. Our infusions are made with 100% real ingredients, never artificial flavors or color. We use real grapefruits sourced from Texas and California, local honey from the Shenandoah Valley, organic habaneros grown an hour away, and freshly roasted coffee beans from the most socially conscious roastery in Richmond, Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Co.

From there, each bottle of Belle Isle Moonshine is filled, corked, labeled, and packed by hand by our Production team, who check each bottle and batch for quality assurance. Since Belle Isle is made in small batches, you can find the batch number handwritten in the bottom right corner of each bottle.

Distilled from good times and 100% organic corn.

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Stirred, Shaken, and 'Shiny: Our 5 Favorite Martinis

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 Belle Isle 100 Proof makes the king of all martinis. Photo by  Joey Wharton . 

Belle Isle 100 Proof makes the king of all martinis. Photo by Joey Wharton

The martini: shockingly simple, yet surprisingly versatile. While it's usually comprised of only one or two ingredients, one small tweak of proportions, switch of garnishes, or swap of spirit can change the drink completely. Traditional martinis are made with either vodka or gin, but we here at Belle Isle think that our moonshine makes the perfect iteration of the classic cocktail. We've known (and loved) lot of great Belle Isle martinis over the years, but here's are some of our favorites. Happy National Martini Day! 

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Belle Isle Moonshine is a premium, handcrafted spirit proudly hailing from Richmond, Virginia.

We take the name Belle Isle from a small, 540-acre island located smack dab in the middle of the James River where Civil War soldiers used surplus corn rations to make moonshine in copper kettles.

Belle Isle Moonshine is distilled from 100% organic corn, grown by three family farms and responsibly sourced. Once triple-distilled, we charcoal filter Belle Isle four times over. Then, we cut it with purified water right from the James River. Our infusions are made with 100% real ingredients, never artificial flavors or color. We use real grapefruits sourced from Texas and California, local honey from the Shenandoah Valley, organic habaneros grown an hour away, and freshly roasted coffee beans from the most socially conscious roastery in Richmond, Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Co.

From there, each bottle of Belle Isle Moonshine is filled, corked, labeled, and packed by hand by our Production team, who check each bottle and batch for quality assurance. Since Belle Isle is made in small batches, you can find the batch number handwritten in the bottom right corner of each bottle.

Distilled from good times and 100% organic corn.

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Chill Out with Five of our New Favorite Summer Cocktails

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 Y'all ready for this? Photo by  Joey Wharton . 

Y'all ready for this? Photo by Joey Wharton

Although the first day of summer isn't officially until June 21, Memorial Day is over and done, and temps have already hit 90° in many parts of the county. That's good enough for us to declare that summer is on and popping!

You've probably already updated your wardrobe, but what about your drinking preferences? If you're desperate for some serious, sunshine-worthy cocktail inspo, we've got you covered! This season has already provided us with some amazing refreshments, perfect for poolside, oceanfront, or festival imbibing. Click through for some of our favorites!

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Belle Isle Moonshine is a premium, handcrafted spirit proudly hailing from Richmond, Virginia.

We take the name Belle Isle from a small, 540-acre island located smack dab in the middle of the James River where Civil War soldiers used surplus corn rations to make moonshine in copper kettles.

Belle Isle Moonshine is distilled from 100% organic corn, grown by three family farms and responsibly sourced. Once triple-distilled, we charcoal filter Belle Isle four times over. Then, we cut it with purified water right from the James River. Our infusions are made with 100% real ingredients, never artificial flavors or color. We use real grapefruits sourced from Texas and California, local honey from the Shenandoah Valley, organic habaneros grown an hour away, and freshly roasted coffee beans from the most socially conscious roastery in Richmond, Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Co.

From there, each bottle of Belle Isle Moonshine is filled, corked, labeled, and packed by hand by our Production team, who check each bottle and batch for quality assurance. Since Belle Isle is made in small batches, you can find the batch number handwritten in the bottom right corner of each bottle.

Distilled from good times and 100% organic corn.

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Big Batch Cocktails that will take you through Memorial Day and Beyond

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  Step 1: Prep the cocktails ahead of time. Step 2: Jump in pool.   Photo by Joey Wharton.

Step 1: Prep the cocktails ahead of time. Step 2: Jump in pool. Photo by Joey Wharton.

Memorial Day is right around the corner, which means a few things: 

  1. Pool season is almost here!
  2. Get ready to be outside, like, 90% of the time. 
  3. Our "work" to "play" ratio is about to skew way towards the latter. 

One way to harsh your summertime party vibes is to get stuck playing bartender all day. The Good Times Professionals here at Belle Isle Moonshine are here to help. We've compiled our favorite big batch party cocktails that you can make ahead of time, set out, and enjoy. These drinks really pack a punch (pun very intended), and they'll keep your guests happily satiated with minimal effort from you. Because, as we all know, good drinks, good friends, and relaxation is what summer is all about. 

 

Now that you have the tools you need to host the perfect outdoor party, get outside and enjoy the sunshine!

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Belle Isle Moonshine is a premium, handcrafted spirit proudly hailing from Richmond, Virginia.

We take the name Belle Isle from a small, 540-acre island located smack dab in the middle of the James River where Civil War soldiers used surplus corn rations to make moonshine in copper kettles.

Belle Isle Moonshine is distilled from 100% organic corn, grown by three family farms and responsibly sourced. Once triple-distilled, we charcoal filter Belle Isle four times over. Then, we cut it with purified water right from the James River. Our infusions are made with 100% real ingredients, never artificial flavors or color. We use real grapefruits sourced from Texas and California, local honey from the Shenandoah Valley, organic habaneros grown an hour away, and freshly roasted coffee beans from the most socially conscious roastery in Richmond, Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Co.

From there, each bottle of Belle Isle Moonshine is filled, corked, labeled, and packed by hand by our Production team, who check each bottle and batch for quality assurance. Since Belle Isle is made in small batches, you can find the batch number handwritten in the bottom right corner of each bottle.

Distilled from good times and 100% organic corn.

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Curated Wedding cocktails with Roberts and Co. Events // Part 1

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Want the bar at your wedding to offer something more interesting than light beer and watered-down rum and cokes? Your cocktail menu should make you feel as special as everything else on your wedding day, and Bryce Carson from Roberts and Co. Events is here to show you how to make that happen! With some help from the Good Times Experts here at Belle Isle Moonshine, you and your significant other can choose personalized cocktails that really say something about yourselves and your love. 

  Cocktails make the heart grow fonder.  All photos by   Alyse Michelle Images . 

Cocktails make the heart grow fonder. All photos by Alyse Michelle Images

In the seven years since I started planning weddings, they have become more lavish, more expensive, and more competitive. As couples jump into the planning process, they look to Pinterest, magazines, and past weddings they have been to for inspiration. This is where, as a wedding planner and designer, I step in and say, "stop"! I love these sources for inspiration, but if my couples cannot tell me how we can relate this to their personal story, then maybe we shouldn't do it.

  Belle Isle's cocktail curators, Erica and Von. 

Belle Isle's cocktail curators, Erica and Von. 

I believe in creating and designing a personalized experience for my clients. Your groom is from Western Pennsylvania? Awesome! Have a cookie table. Your bride spent her childhood in Scotland? Work some thistle into her bouquet. Weddings are about telling the story of your past and giving a hint to your future.

I am so happy I have been able to partner with Belle Isle Moonshine on creating one of a kind experiences for my clients. So often the bar menu at a wedding is overlooked. In the final months of planning, clients will run to the liquor store to buy a mix of spirits and hope they have enough. Well, now Belle Isle Moonshine is offering a program that lets clients personalize their bar menu with the same level of detail that went into designing their wedding cake and floral arrangements. 

Belle Isle Moonshine partners with wedding planners to bring in their clients for a private cocktail tasting. I brought in Adrian and Brian for a tasting for their upcoming Spring 2018 wedding. Erica and Von created six craft cocktails based on a survey of my clients' preferences, wedding theme, and unique requests (beer cocktails). The results were nothing short of perfection, and luckily the talented Alyse Michelle Images was there to capture the experience. 

 

  One of the big winners, the Pipeline Painkiller. 

One of the big winners, the Pipeline Painkiller. 

Adrian and Brian are fun, quirky, and looking to throw a wedding to be remembered. With funky centerpieces containing citrus fruits and a family-style BBQ and taco bar, they are looking to seamlessly blend their signature style across their entire wedding day. Adrian fell in love with the Pipeline Painkiller, a mix of Belle Isle Cold Brew Coffee, pineapple, and citrus. This drink packs enough punch to liven up the dance floor, but also look stunning on her tables. Brian's choice, the Belle's Eye, will be the perfect compliment to the tacos and BBQ, mixing Belle Isle Black Label, Coors Light and ginger beer. 

 

The tasting process is so fun and easy. Adrian and Brian were able to start off by tasting each moonshine on its own and then moved to their six signature cocktail choices. Von showed us exactly how to present each cocktail, from the proper glassware to the perfect garnish. Erica provided us with a cocktail calculator to make the trip to grocery and liquor stores a breeze after getting final guest counts. 

 

With their signature cocktails selected, Adrian and Brian were able to check one more task off their wedding to-do list. Not only did they leave feeling accomplished, but they know they are going to have something their guests have never experienced before.

Stay tuned for Part ii in May to see it all come together, with another cocktail surprise for the couple's guests!  


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Bryce Carson is a Washington D.C. and Richmond-based wedding planner with Roberts & Co. Events.  He specializes in creating unique and personalized events tailored to each couple. Follow him on Instagram @brycetcarson, and follow Roberts and Co. @robertsandco


Belle Isle Moonshine is a premium, handcrafted spirit proudly hailing from Richmond, Virginia.

We take the name Belle Isle from a small, 540-acre island located smack dab in the middle of the James River where Civil War soldiers used surplus corn rations to make moonshine in copper kettles.

Belle Isle Moonshine is distilled from 100% organic corn, grown by three family farms and responsibly sourced. Once triple-distilled, we charcoal filter Belle Isle four times over. Then, we cut it with purified water right from the James River. Our infusions are made with 100% real ingredients, never artificial flavors or color. We use real grapefruits sourced from Texas and California, local honey from the Shenandoah Valley, organic habaneros grown an hour away, and freshly roasted coffee beans from the most socially conscious roastery in Richmond, Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Co.

From there, each bottle of Belle Isle Moonshine is filled, corked, labeled, and packed by hand by our Production team, who check each bottle and batch for quality assurance. Since Belle Isle is made in small batches, you can find the batch number handwritten in the bottom right corner of each bottle.

Distilled from good times and 100% organic corn.


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Erica's Easter Brunch Mimosa Bar

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Wanna host a killer brunch but not get stuck playing bartender all day? Celebrate Easter (or anything, really) with a tasty homemade meal and a Belle Isle Mimosa Bar! We called on our good friend and hostess with the mostest Erica Key, of the award-winning blog Eating with Erica, to show us how it's done!

 Don't forget to reward yourself with a mimosa, you party ninja!

Don't forget to reward yourself with a mimosa, you party ninja!

Can you believe Easter is less than two weeks away? The year is flying by, and I am over the moon to welcome Spring. If you are hosting Easter this year (or any spring gathering for that matter) and are looking for an eye-catching cocktail to keep your guests entertained with minimal work, this Belle Isle Mimosa Bar is for you. I absolutely LOVE mimosa bars. They are so simple to create, they are so tasty, and they leave your guests self-sufficient. Which means you can keep hosting without making cocktails every five minutes.

 

This year, my mimosas are stronger since I will be dealing with my family.  We're taking it to the next level with a shot of Belle Isle Black Label! To create the ultimate Belle Isle Mimosa, I added orange juice, champagne, and a shot of Belle Isle Black Label served in a Champagne flute with a strawberry. 

 Belle Isle + Cute Bunnies = WIN

Belle Isle + Cute Bunnies = WIN

When creating your mimosa bar, location is key. I chose a spot for my bar that wasn't in the way of where I was cooking and wouldn't make anyone else feel like they were in the way either. I set up about 8-10 glasses and added adorable bunny straws (purchased at the Dollar Store). I then purchased carafes for the juice. Typically orange is the standard for mimosas, but it's always okay to think outside the box. I wanted to give my guests some options, so I used pineapple juice and cranberry juice in addition to the orange juice.  You can also use raspberry lemonade or pomegranate juice. 

 

 Pro tip #1: Don't forget to pour one for yourself. 

Pro tip #1: Don't forget to pour one for yourself. 

I made sure to provide a Belle Isle ice bucket, since I wanted to make sure the champagne and Belle Isle Black Label were chilled at all times. I then purchased clear containers to place the fruit in. I used wine glasses, but you can also use clear glass bowls. I am a fanatic for berries, so the more berries the better. Berries are awesome garnishes, and who doesn't love a pretty mimosa?  I used strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries.  You can get really creative with garnishes! Other garnishes that would be great here are mint, different sugar rims, and oranges. To give my mimosa bar the full pizazz, I added Easter decor: egg baskets with eggs, egg-shaped candies, really cute napkins, and the bunny straws. 

No matter what your plans are this Easter make sure you have fun, enjoy your loved ones, and have a mimosa.

Cheers, friends! 

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How To Create Belle Isle Moonshine Mimosa Bar    

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       Ingredients

  • 1 Cup of Strawberries
  • 1 Cup of Blueberries 
  • 1 Cup of Blackberries 
  • 1 Cup of Raspberries 
  • 1 Bottle of Champagne
  • 1 Bottle of Belle Isle 
  • Juice 
  • Orange Juice 
  • Pineapple Juice 
  • Cranberry Juice 

Directions 

Set up mimosa bar: Make sure to include glasses, Easter decor, carafes of juice, ice buckets, Belle Isle Black Label , and Champagne. 

Fill Champagne flutes half way with juice, add one shot of Belle Isle Black Label, and top off with Champagne. Garnish to your liking. 

 

 Berries on berries on berries.

Berries on berries on berries.

Recipes & post by Erica Key, editor-in-chief and founder of Eating with Erica.

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Belle Isle Moonshine is a premium, handcrafted spirit proudly hailing from Richmond, Virginia.

We take the name Belle Isle from a small, 540-acre island located smack dab in the middle of the James River where Civil War soldiers used surplus corn rations to make moonshine in copper kettles.

Belle Isle Moonshine is distilled from 100% organic corn, grown by three family farms and responsibly sourced. Once triple-distilled, we charcoal filter Belle Isle four times over. Then, we cut it with purified water right from the James River. Our infusions are made with 100% real ingredients, never artificial flavors or color. We use real grapefruits sourced from Texas and California, local honey from the Shenandoah Valley, organic habaneros grown an hour away, and freshly roasted coffee beans from the most socially conscious roastery in Richmond, Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Co.

From there, each bottle of Belle Isle Moonshine is filled, corked, labeled, and packed by hand by our Production team, who check each bottle and batch for quality assurance. Since Belle Isle is made in small batches, you can find the batch number handwritten in the bottom right corner of each bottle.

Distilled from good times and 100% organic corn.

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5 of Our Favorite Springtime Cocktails

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 Spring = punch season. Photo credit:  Joey   Wharton . 

Spring = punch season. Photo credit: Joey Wharton

It's finally March 20, which means one important thing: Happy Spring Equinox! That's right, Spring has officially sprung! Even though some parts of the country (like right here at our Richmond HQ) are still feeling a bit of a chill, the end of the ice is finally in sight. The days have already started getting longer, flowers are doing that whole "blooming" thing, and the sunshine has returned to bless us with some much needed Vitamin D.

Among the best parts of Spring's arrival, though, are the cocktail shakeups. Time to (temporarily) retire those old-fashioneds and negronis for lighter, brighter, more refreshing fare. From fruity and fresh to frothy and floral, let us show you how to make some of Belle Isle Moonshine's favorite spring cocktails, perfect for patio sipping, garden partying, brunch drinking, and beyond. Dust off that bottle of St. Germain and pick those sprouting herbs out of the ground. It's time to toast to Spring!

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Belle Isle Moonshine is a premium, handcrafted spirit proudly hailing from Richmond, Virginia.

We take the name Belle Isle from a small, 540-acre island located smack dab in the middle of the James River where Civil War soldiers used surplus corn rations to make moonshine in copper kettles.

Belle Isle Moonshine is distilled from 100% organic corn, grown by three family farms and responsibly sourced. Once triple-distilled, we charcoal filter Belle Isle four times over. Then, we cut it with purified water right from the James River. Our infusions are made with 100% real ingredients, never artificial flavors or color. We use real grapefruits sourced from Texas and California, local honey from the Shenandoah Valley, organic habaneros grown an hour away, and freshly roasted coffee beans from the most socially conscious roastery in Richmond, Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Co.

From there, each bottle of Belle Isle Moonshine is filled, corked, labeled, and packed by hand by our Production team, who check each bottle and batch for quality assurance. Since Belle Isle is made in small batches, you can find the batch number handwritten in the bottom right corner of each bottle.

Distilled from good times and 100% organic corn.


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What Kind of St. Patrick's Day Drinker Are You?

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 Boost your bomb with a little caffeine!  All photos by  Joey Wharton .

Boost your bomb with a little caffeine!  All photos by Joey Wharton.

Even in the realm of booze-centric holiday celebrations, St. Patrick's Day gets a bad rap. Although it's technically a cultural and religious celebration commemorating the death date of Saint Patrick, the primary patron saint of Ireland, March 17 has devolved into an excuse for debauchery. The mere mention of the holiday can conjure memories of drinking lukewarm green Coors Lite, eating stale Irish soda bread, wading through drunken masses shouting over loud bagpipe music, and getting pinched for forgetting to wear green in elementary school.

Don't fret, my shamrock-loving compatriots! It doesn't have to be this way. Celebrate the luck of the Irish however you'd like with these four St. Patty's Day cocktail ideas for each type of leprechaun out there. Are you a green martini sipper, or more of a bomb enthusiast? Whether you'd prefer your Irish goodbyes to be inspired by Champagne or Guinness, Belle Isle's got you covered this St. Patrick's Day. 


The Traditionalist

You're into keeping it classic, and on St. Patrick's Day that means a sweet, frothy, bright green martini. The deceptively boozy Hop, Skip, and a Jig is our spin on an old-school Grasshopper cocktail, and it pretty much tastes like a boozy Shamrock Shake. Some may call you old fashioned, but If it ain't broke, don't fix it!


The Sophisticate

If you want to get in on the St. Patty's Day fun, and your tastes run a little more high brow that green beer, the Spicy Frenchman is right up your alley. The French liqueur Green Chartreuse lends a subdued green tint to this herbal sparkler, and the sparkling wine (use Champagne if you're truly fancy) makes it light and bubbly.


The Low-Maintenance Leprechaun

You're easy to please, and you don't need anything fancy to have a good time.  The Minty Mountain Hop is super simple - all you need is Belle Isle Ruby Red, lime juice, club soda, and Fee Brothers Mint Bitters. These bitters are the best! They add a bright pop of color, and the finished product is a citrusy, refreshing banger.


The Party Animal

Our Irish Breakfast Bomb needs little explanation. Belle Isle Cold Brew Coffee and Guinness is the perfect St. Patrick's Day combo. You know what to do: Drop it in and chug!

 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Belle Isle Moonshine is a premium, handcrafted spirit proudly hailing from Richmond, Virginia.

We take the name Belle Isle from a small, 540-acre island located smack dab in the middle of the James River where Civil War soldiers used surplus corn rations to make moonshine in copper kettles.

Belle Isle Moonshine is distilled from 100% organic corn, grown by three family farms and responsibly sourced. Once triple-distilled, we charcoal filter Belle Isle four times over. Then, we cut it with purified water right from the James River. Our infusions are made with 100% real ingredients, never artificial flavors or color. We use real grapefruits sourced from Texas and California, local honey from the Shenandoah Valley, organic habaneros grown an hour away, and freshly roasted coffee beans from the most socially conscious roastery in Richmond, Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Co.

From there, each bottle of Belle Isle Moonshine is filled, corked, labeled, and packed by hand by our Production team, who check each bottle and batch for quality assurance. Since Belle Isle is made in small batches, you can find the batch number handwritten in the bottom right corner of each bottle.

Distilled from good times and 100% organic corn.

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5 Killer Belle Isle Margaritas For National Margarita Day

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 Salty? Citrusy? Sweet? Sour? Spicy? Confuse your palate in the best way possible with a Honey Habanero Margarita. Photo by  Kate Magee . 

Salty? Citrusy? Sweet? Sour? Spicy? Confuse your palate in the best way possible with a Honey Habanero Margarita. Photo by Kate Magee

The Margarita is no doubt one of the most versatile, well-loved, and recognizable cocktails in the world.

Not only is the margarita a tried-and-true classic, but it's one of the only cocktails you can feel comfortable drinking pretty much anywhere. On a beach? Definitely. In a fancy cocktail bar? No weird looks there. In a dive bar? It's probably pretty sugary, but why not? In the shower? Duh. 

Originating in the 1930s in Tijuana, the margarita is now a worldwide drink staple. But who says it has to be made with tequila? In honor of National Margarita Day (Thursday, February 22) we're sharing our favorite Belle Isle Moonshine margarita recipes! Whether you prefer your 'ritas with a little extra citrus or some spice, our tasty spins on the OG classic are sure to brighten up your day.  After all, in the words of the margarita's most famous fan: 

If life gives you limes, make margaritas.
— Jimmy Buffet


Belle Isle Moonshine is a premium, handcrafted spirit proudly hailing from Richmond, Virginia.

We take the name Belle Isle from a small, 540-acre island located smack dab in the middle of the James River where Civil War soldiers used surplus corn rations to make moonshine in copper kettles.

Belle Isle Moonshine is distilled from 100% organic corn, grown by three family farms and responsibly sourced. Once triple-distilled, we charcoal filter Belle Isle four times over. Then, we cut it with purified water right from the James River. Our infusions are made with 100% real ingredients, never artificial flavors or color. We use real grapefruits sourced from Texas and California, local honey from the Shenandoah Valley, organic habaneros grown an hour away, and freshly roasted coffee beans from the most socially conscious roastery in Richmond, Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Co.

From there, each bottle of Belle Isle Moonshine is filled, corked, labeled, and packed by hand by our Production team, who check each bottle and batch for quality assurance. Since Belle Isle is made in small batches, you can find the batch number handwritten in the bottom right corner of each bottle.

Distilled from good times and 100% organic corn.


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5 Classic New Orleans Cocktails with a Belle Isle Twist

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If New Orleans is usually a cocktail drinker's territory, Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday, if you'd prefer) turns the city into a jacked-up, lawless, booze-fueled Wild Wild West. But don't let those frozen Hurricanes and Long Islands Iced Teas fool you: New Orleans is the grandfather of the classic cocktail. Bar staples like the Sazerac and the Ramos Gin Fizz were invented here, and the  infamous cocktail festival Tales of the Cocktail is held in the city each year. 

In honor of Mardi Gras and Belle Isle's recent expansion into Louisiana (hi, new friends!), we wanted to share our own spins on some of your favorite classic New Orleans cocktails. Skip Bourbon Street this year, and try them for yourself at home!


 

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Belle Isle Moonshine is a premium, handcrafted spirit proudly hailing from Richmond, Virginia.

We take the name Belle Isle from a small, 540-acre island located smack dab in the middle of the James River where Civil War soldiers used surplus corn rations to make moonshine in copper kettles.

Belle Isle Moonshine is distilled from 100% organic corn, grown by three family farms and responsibly sourced. Once triple-distilled, we charcoal filter Belle Isle four times over. Then, we cut it with purified water right from the James River. Our infusions are made with 100% real ingredients, never artificial flavors or color. We use real grapefruits sourced from Texas and California, local honey from the Shenandoah Valley, organic habaneros grown an hour away, and freshly roasted coffee beans from the most socially conscious roastery in Richmond, Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Co.

From there, each bottle of Belle Isle Moonshine is filled, corked, labeled, and packed by hand by our Production team, who check each bottle and batch for quality assurance. Since Belle Isle is made in small batches, you can find the batch number handwritten in the bottom right corner of each bottle.

Distilled from good times and 100% organic corn.

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