It’s been about one year since JVR Spirits went from an idea to a reality. We’re going on four months since we filled and sold the first bottle of JVR Spirits Krupnik. The things I’ve learned in the process would fill several Field Notes™ notebooks, but none more than this: it takes a village.
My dad’s initials are on the bottle, my very best effort went into what’s inside, but this would not have happened without help from a long list of people. In this and future posts, I hope to celebrate and thank many who have given so much more than asked when I came knocking.
Tonight, I did something I haven’t done in a long, long, time. I made a batch of Krupnik, at home, in my own kitchen. The tea smelled as tantalizing as usual and I used some honey I found in the cupboard that was of indeterminate age and origin. After blending, I tasted it hot off the boil, and it was fantastic! A most excellent reminder of how this all began.
The one time it is safe to eat yellow snow? When your friend spills Krupnik on it.
If you’re heading to the mountains, may we suggest JVR Spirits Krupnik? The sweet warmth of a shot of Krupnik is the perfect complement to the cold mountain snow. On Mount Hood, you can pick up a bottle at the liquor store inside of Govy General Store. You can also enjoy Krupnik at Mt. Hood Brewing in Guvvy. Higher up, enjoy a Jingle Bells—a toddy made with Krupnik—at the Ram’s Head or the Blue Ox at historic Timberline Lodge.
If you have a naughty and nice list this Christmas, consider the value proposition of JVR Spirits Krupnik. Our 375ml bottle is guaranteed to fit in any stocking (and some purses) and is also the perfect gift for those on your “naughty” list. Just be sure to let that person know that people on the “nice” list got the 750ml bottle. When the word gets out, don’t surprised how big your “nice” list gets next year.
Now that Krupnik is running in the wild, we are quickly getting new recipes for both cocktails and food that feature Krupnik.
Visit the Cocktail Recipes section of The Notebook to see some new suggestions.
Check out the Food Pairings Section of The Notebook for a soup featuring Krupnik spices and more.