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What's Your 'Shine? // Cancer

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The zodiac’s resident feeler can be spicier than you think.  Photos by  Joey Wharton .

The zodiac’s resident feeler can be spicier than you think.

Photos by Joey Wharton.

Let the stars and Belle Isle Moonshine be your guides to cosmic cocktailing. Each month, our resident amateur astrologer (and Director of Marketing) Brandon Day gives you the transcendental tea based on your zodiac sign. We’ll also share a Sun sign-inspired cocktail recipe that will get you through your birthday season in one piece–no matter what retrogrades come your way.


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The Crab // June 21 - July 20

“Welcome home, sweet Cancers. This is your season, and we need you to embrace the best parts of it so we can learn from your behavior. We really do take what you say to heart, even if we don’t always act on it. To celebrate the next year of your life, set a grand goal for yourself: learn a new language, set a date to fist fight your arch nemesis, or maybe shoot a short indie documentary on the local Parks and Recreation system in your town. Don’t worry about the details for now. You’ll figure it out later.

At the beginning of July we see Venus entering Cancer, meaning your sensitivity will be through the roof (as if it wasn’t maxed out already). You’ve been warned! Prepare yourself for the ups and downs ahead of you and, despite the turmoil, remember to still let yourself love with warmth and dedication. Speaking of dedication, go stream Carly Rae Jepsen’s latest album Dedicated, now available on iTunes, Spotify, and wherever else you listen to music. You’ll want to have it on hand for those 2 AM mental breakdowns. Remember - it’s your party and you can cry if you want to. Just don’t expect us all to bawl with you.”


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Brandon Day is the Director of Marketing at Belle Isle Moonshine. He has no actual astrology credentials. As a general rule, you probably shouldn’t listen to his advice–except about Carly Rae Jepsen.




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Ingredients:

  • ½ oz. lime juice

  • 4 oz. Topo Chico

  • Old Bay rim


Preparation:

Add all ingredients to an Old Bay-rimmed Collins glass with ice.




Still thirsty?


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.

What's Your 'Shine? // Gemini

What's Your 'Shine?Stephanie StantonComment
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Let the stars and Belle Isle Moonshine be your guides to cosmic cocktailing. Each month, our resident amateur astrologer (and Director of Marketing) Brandon Day gives you the transcendental tea based on your zodiac sign. We’ll also share a Sun sign-inspired cocktail recipe that will get you through your birthday season in one piece–no matter what retrogrades come your way.


GEMINI

The Twins // May 21 - June 20

“Hi hi, Gemini! Your sign has been misunderstood and stigmatized in the past, but this year your season brings a much-needed boost of energy. We kick off Gemini season in an especially social way as Mercury enters Gemini. I suggest going out with your good Judys and ordering a bunch of small plates to share. Then order a round of shooters, because why not? They are funny.

As we move into June, you’ll feel the need for a sudden change. With Mercury entering Cancer during this time, you will also discover new revelations about what you need as an individual. Use this new information to make impactful changes in your life, but beware getting caught up in your emotions. It’s never as dramatic as you’re making it out to be–trust me. When Venus enters Gemini on June 8th, your curious nature will ascend to new heights in your romantic and social life. Embrace this dynamic, fun-loving side of yourself–we love when you act lowkey crazy! Just remember not to sacrifice connecting on an emotional level in the process. No one likes a flaky, fickle friend.

Gemini season ends with Neptune entering retrograde, a movement defined by illumination of dark, buried truths from our past. If it sounds scary, that’s because it is. However, a Neptune Retrograde is the perfect time for some serious spiritual development. Dig deep and figure out what you truly believe in, what lies at the core of your being. Solo meditation, journaling, and reflection will be the tools you can cling to as you face your fears. You will come out of Gemini season better than you have ever been before, and you’ll spark a fire in those around you to do the same. So thanks for kicking the rest of us into high gear. Bye bye, Gemini!”


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Brandon Day is the Director of Marketing at Belle Isle Moonshine. He has no actual astrology credentials. As a general rule, you probably shouldn’t listen to his advice–except about shooters.




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Ingredients:

+ 1 ½ oz. Belle Isle Ruby Red Grapefruit

+ 1 ½ oz. Cynar

Preparation:

Add both ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain into a fresh rocks glass, either with ice or without.




Still thirsty?


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.

What's Your 'Shine? // Taurus

What's Your 'Shine?Stephanie StantonComment
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Let the stars and Belle Isle Moonshine be your guides to cosmic cocktailing. Each month, our resident amateur astrologer (and Director of Marketing) Brandon Day gives you the transcendental tea based on your zodiac sign. We’ll also share a Sun sign-inspired cocktail recipe that will get you through your birthday season in one piece–no matter what retrogrades come your way.


TAURUS

The Bull // April 21 - May 21

“What’s popping, my Taurus children? We all know you are the steadfast sign, but hear me out. This season, change is a good thing. Start by reflecting on what you are chained to. Put a stop to those who try to manipulate you, and release your grasp on things you try too hard to control. Freedom from false fantasies will evoke new power within you. Harness the energy of Mercury entering Taurus in early May to do some major “adulting”. During this period, your common sense will feel heightened, making it the perfect time to balance a budget or organize your home.

As Venus enters Taurus, the sign’s ruling planet, sensual energy will pique and the desire for tangible fulfillment will be strong. Push yourself to enjoy pleasures that stimulate your corporeal senses, like spending time outside on a nice day or splurging on those items sitting in your Amazon cart. Just beware the darker side of Venus: possessiveness and objectification of the people you hold dearest. You don’t own other people, dude. Sorry ‘bout it!

We’ll see the end of Taurus season marked by a Full Moon in Scorpio. You’ll sense the urge to dive deep into your feelings, and it won’t be easy. Make a plan to engage in truly meaningful emotional exchanges, which will soothe the burns from all the rapid change you’ve been experiencing. Connect deeply with those who truly matter, and you will find the purification and redemption you’ve been needing. Also, avoid getting a surgery during the full moon. Not saying something bad will happen…but it might. Have fun, kiddos!”

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Brandon Day is the Director of Marketing at Belle Isle Moonshine. He has no actual astrology credentials. As a general rule, you probably shouldn’t listen to his advice–except about that Amazon cart.




MATADOR’S REVENGE

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Ingredients:

+ 1 ½ oz. Belle Isle Honey Habanero

+ ½ oz. mezcal

+ 1 oz. pineapple juice

+ ¾ oz. fresh lime juice

+ ½ oz. agave

+ 2-3 sprigs cilantro

Preparation:

Add all ingredients to a mixing tin over ice. Shake vigorously and double-strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with cilantro sprig.




Still thirsty?


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.

Break Up with Vodka: 3 Reasons to Fall for Belle Isle Moonshine this Valentine's Day

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Vodka has done you wrong one too many times. It’s time to upgrade to a more refined spirit.  All photos by  Joey Wharton .

Vodka has done you wrong one too many times. It’s time to upgrade to a more refined spirit.

All photos by Joey Wharton.

Sick of constantly getting burned by vodka’s tasteless tricks and disappointing drinks? Leave those immature games in the past and upgrade to the smooth, bold, and dependably delicious taste of Belle Isle Moonshine. Not ready to let go of your tired, old go-to spirit? Here are three huge reasons why it’s finally time to ditch your vodka for something better.


REASON #1: YOU DESERVE A SPIRIT WITH SOME FLAVOR

Blood Orange Cosmo  = the reigning kween of cranberry juice cocktails.

Blood Orange Cosmo = the reigning kween of cranberry juice cocktails.

Be honest: how many vodka-crans can one human ingest in a lifetime? Yes, they go down easy, but isn’t that because they don’t taste like much more than watered-down cranberry juice that burns all the way down?

Vodka prides itself on being tasteless, and you deserve more than that. Get you a flavorful spirit you’ll be happy to savor, like the bold, bright Belle Isle Blood Orange! Kick those vodka-crans to the curb and shake up a Blood Orange Cosmo instead.

BLOOD ORANGE COSMO

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. cranberry juice

  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice

Preparation:

Add all ingredients to a mixing tin over ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Garnish with a lime twist, or a dehydrated blood orange.
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REASON #2: YOU’RE SO MUCH BETTER THAN BASIC

Chocolate Berry Boost : all of the boosted buzz with none of the crash and burn.

Chocolate Berry Boost: all of the boosted buzz with none of the crash and burn.

Okay, so you’re sleepy, but you still want to party. There’s no shame in that! You may think you’re doomed to a night of the shakes after sipping on a Vodka RedBull, but you’re wrong! There is a better (and less basic) way to get that boosted buzz you crave.

The caffeine-laced jolt of our Belle Isle Cold Brew Coffee will get you up and dancing without the harsh taste or night-ending crash. Try it solo with regular coffee, or for a fully refined treat, add a splash of Godiva Milk Chocolate Liqueur and raspberry whipped cream!

CHOCOLATE BERRY BOOST

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Add first three ingredients to an Irish coffee glass. Top with raspberry whipped cream**


**Raspberry Whipped Cream: Over medium heat, mix 1 cup muddled raspberries, 1 cup white sugar, and 1 cup water in a saucepan. Simmer for 5 minutes, then let cool and strain out the seeds. This will give you a tasty raspberry simple syrup! Add this syrup to chilled Heavy Whipping Cream at a 1:2 ratio, then shake or whisk vigorously for at least 30 seconds. Layer this whipped cream on top of your cocktail!


REASON #3: LIKE THINGS A LITTLE SWEET & SPICY? GET YOU A DRINK THAT CAN DO BOTH

Let our  Southside of the James  be your hero, baby.

Let our Southside of the James be your hero, baby.

SOUTHSIDE OF THE JAMES

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz. lime

  • ¾ oz. simple syrup

  • 2 mint sprigs (1 in cocktail, 1 for garnish)

Preparation:

Add all ingredients to a shaker tin over ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with second mint sprig.

Here at Belle Isle Moonshine, we pride ourselves on our versatility. We can be sweet, spicy, bold, soft, hot, cold, herbal, floral, sour–you name it, we can do it.

Take this simple Southside of the James. Our spin on a classic Southside, this drink is just as mind-blowing with our bright, citrusy Belle Isle Ruby Red Grapefruit as it is with the sweet heat of our Belle Isle Honey Habanero. Baby, we can multitask. Can your vodka do that?


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HAPPY

VALENTINE’S

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.

Behind the Bar: Liz Jankiewicz // Ouzo Bay

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Located in the Harbor East area of Baltimore, Ouzo Bay made a splash when it opened in 2012 with its authentic-meets-modern Greek menu and neon-laced Mediterranean interior. With expert bartender Liz Jankiewicz manning the bar program, Ouzo Bay's cocktail menu is just as impressive as its lamb shank and souvlaki. When Liz isn't whipping up innovative, delicious cocktails for Ouzo Bay's menu, she's going for the gold in national bartending competitions like Speed Rack Mid-Atlantic, Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience, and Glenfiddich Most Experimental Serve. We recently spoke with Liz about her bartending style, her favorite drinks, and what it takes to run a bar program in bustling Baltimore. She also shares her recipes for two beautiful Belle Isle cocktails.


TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF…

I'm Liz Jankiewicz, Bar Manager at Ouzo Bay in BaltimoreI just recently took over the bar program at Ouzo Bay in November 2017, but I’ve been behind the stick for 9 years.

What first got you behind the bar?

The summer before I moved to Baton Rouge for grad school at the ripe age of 21, I wanted to learn how to bartend so I could support myself.

Any pro-tips for someone starting out behind the bar?

I would suggest seeking out the most experienced and charismatic bartender. Watch, listen, and learn. Respect your bartender elders.

 

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Favorite drink made by someone else?

Sarah Anderson at The Bygone makes a killer Ramos Gin Fizz. 

 

Favorite drink that you make?

My favorite drink to make is impromptu customized drinks based on a guest’s preferences. Most are riffs, or improved cocktails. I think it’s a special experience for the guest. I can usually introduce a new ingredient or style they can enjoy but may not be used to.

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Favorite thing to drink when no one’s looking?

I know it defies the art of high brow cocktails, but I am a sucker for Jägerbombs.

 

 

If you had to pick one cocktail ingredient to use for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

Ruby Red Grapefruit. Whether she’s an expressed rind, a shrub, a juice, or bitters, Ruby Red is my favorite lady.

What’s your favorite part about working at your bar?

The Ouzo Bay ambiance is definitely my favorite. From service to lighting to the open air, it’s an oasis.

Where do you like to stop in for a drink?

My recent watering hole favorite would have to be the Regal Beagle. If you want great cocktails, impressive food neighborhood camaraderie, and the feeling of partying in your parent’s basement from the late 80s, you should ‘come and knock on their door.’

 

What’s your take on today’s cocktail culture in your city?

I’m continually impressed by the talent that is emerging in Baltimore. New programs and concepts are popping up all over the city. From locally-sourced ingredients to speakeasy exclusivity, Baltimore’s cocktail culture is diverse as the city is itself.

Give us your golden rule when it comes to bar etiquette.

My golden rule for bartenders is ‘This is the hospitality industry. Be hospitable.’

What’s your favorite way to drink Belle Isle?

Belle Isle Cold Brew Coffee and almond milk on the rocks.

 


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Roots of My Homeland

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz. Belle Isle Honey Habanero

  • ½ oz. carrot juice

  • ½ oz. lemon juice

  • ¾ oz. ginger honey

  • 3 dashes orange bitters

  • Club soda

  • Orange wheel garnish

Preparation:

Add first five ingredients to shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into collins glass and add ice. Top with soda and garnish with an orange wheel. 

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Important Imports

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with an orange peel and a cinnamon "cigar."

 

Recipes by Liz Jankiewicz.

All 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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