Update: You & Yours Canned Cocktails!

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I can’t believe we’re coming up on the one year mark since releasing our Ready-to-Drink Canned Cocktails. It’s been quite the whirlwind navigating a new market, planning sales strategies and training our teams on these new products, but we’re so happy with the response we’ve seen thus far to these delicious cocktails!

As I’ve mentioned here before, canned cocktails felt like a natural progression for our already cocktail culture-focussed brand and distillery. We set out to not only create a premium craft cocktail bar-quality cocktail in a can, but in doing so, to bring a little bit of the tasting room experience we’re so well known for into your homes and along on your adventures.

The biggest challenge we face with these products is education. With the influx of “spiked seltzers,” it’s imperative that we communicate exactly what our product is and what it isn’t to consumers and buyers. Truly, White Claw and the like are made with some combination of the following: malt beverage/malt liquor, fruit wine and/or sugar alcohol, whereas our Cocktails are made with the exact same You & Yours spirits you already know and love. The exact same spirit that goes into our bottles is the liquid that goes into our tanks for mixing and canning! No weird ingredients, no co-packer, no nonsense. We distill, mix, chill, carbonate and can every single drop right at our own canning facility, just three blocks from our distillery location (big reveal coming soon!).

Our canned cocktails are made of the following ingredients and absolutely nothing else: our own distilled-on-site spirits, reverse osmosis water, proprietary natural flavors, a touch of cane sugar, a touch of citric acid for freshness and carbonation. In addition to being mixed with a significantly higher quality alcohol source, our cocktails are naturally gluten free, naturally low in sugar and boast a higher ABV than spiked seltzers and most other comparable canned cocktails on the market. We believe our cocktails are the best option available if you’re looking for a pre-mixed cocktail in a can. But don’t take our word for it – pick up a four pack and see for yourselves!

As the one year mark fast approaches, we decided to mark the occasion by introducing two BRAND NEW Canned Cocktails to our collection. Y&Y Vodka Soda + Tangerine and  Y&Y Vodka Soda + Key Lime are headed your way later this month!

Our Y&Y Vodka Soda + Tangerine is like a burst of fresh tangerines and clementines! A bit of orange blossom and kumquat add an elevated elegance and touch of brightness, respectively. Out of the five (yep, five!) new cocktails we’ll be releasing over the next several months, this one is hands down my favorite!

Our Y&Y Vodka + Key Lime is a rush of tropical goodness. True key lime flavor invokes memories of the classic luscious dessert without any cloying sweetness or pastry-like heaviness. Just a tart, bright burst of exotic lime flavor. Absolutely perfect for channeling that vacay mindset, even if it is just a Tuesday night in your backyard.

I can’t wait for you to get your hands on them and hear which one if your favorite. Follow along our Instagram for where to find them first!

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Passion of the Dill

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The Passion of the Dill is one of those cocktails people read the ingredients of and usually make a face of some description. It’s the one we have to go “Just try it, trust us!,” because on paper it does NOT sound like these ingredients are going to come together into something delicious. But seriously, trust us – they just do!

We originally put this cocktail on our spring menu but it’s become such a favorite (particularly amongst the staff!) that we’ve kept it on for two menus now. It’s probably not going away anytime soon but if it ever does, here’s how to recreate the unique London Dry Gin cocktail at home!

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Passion of the Dill | Makes 1 cocktail. Recipe by April Kirby.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Sunday London Dry Gin (formerly Winter Gin)
  • 1 oz passion fruit purée
  • 0.5 oz fresh lime juice
  • Torn sprig of dill
  • Pinch of sea salt

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake well. Double strain into a coupe and garnish with a dill sprig laid across the side of the glass.

Passion fruit purée: Cut fresh passion fruits in half and scoop out contents into a container until you reach 1/2 c. Add 1/2 c water and 1 cup of sugar and simmer for 15 minutes (or until the jelly from the passion fruit seeds breaks down). Strain out any large fruit pieces and store in the refrigerator.

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Spring Salad

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If you visited the You & Yours tasting room sometime during it’s first year, you may remember one of our most popular cocktails, the Side Salad! After a year or so we felt it was time for a refresh, so we’ve been rotating through updated versions of the bell pepper-based cocktail each season ever since! Our summer menu goes live in just a couple of weeks so come grab our current iteration, the Spring Salad, ASAP! But fret not if you can’t make it in, scroll down for the recipe to make at home. :)

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Spring Salad | Makes 1 cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Y&Y Vodka
  • 1 oz yellow bell pepper & mango purée*
  • 0.5 oz orange cordial**
  • 0.75 oz fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 6 drops of harissa olive oil

Directions:

Add all ingredients (except oil) to a shaker with ice, shake vigorously, and double strain into a footed coupe. Garnish with a micro marigold and 3 drops of harissa olive oil on each side of the flower.

*Yellow bell pepper & mango purée: Combine one part freshly juiced yellow bell peppers (strained) and one part mango puree (1:1 – mango puree:water). Keep mix refrigerated.

**Orange cordial: Bring one part fresh orange juice and one part white sugar to a low boil. Simmer for 15 minutes, then cool. Keep mix refrigerated.

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Prized Pony

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Behold a You & Yours classic, the Prized Pony! The Prized Pony is our version of Moscow Mule at You & Yours Distilling Co., with a little twist. Everything we serve in the tasting room is made in house, i.e. distilled (duh) or juiced and made fresh and as such, we wanted to create a Mule without using store-bought ginger beer. Instead, we make a fresh juiced ginger root syrup combined with our favorite sparkling water to achieve that spicy-sweet fizziness. And in addition to the traditional Angostura bitters, we add a few dashes of peach bitters as well for a bit of a southern spin.

Speaking of a southern spin, this cocktail is practically BEGGING to be served at your Kentucky Derby part. I mean, just look at that cute little jockey pick! They’re so fun and festive, and being a Mule variation, a definite crowd pleaser. Serving a pitcher of Prized Ponies would be a lovely companion/alternative to your standard Mint Julep. If you’d like to recreate the look here, grab some cute little Horse Jockey garnish picks of your own on Amazon. Or perhaps these cute horse shoe picks!

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Prized Pony | Makes 1 cocktail.

Ingredients:

Directions:

Add all ingredients (except Topo Chico) to a shaker with ice and shake briefly. Add a splash of Topo Chico to the shaker and strain into a tall Collins glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint or rosemary and a lime wheel.

Ginger cordial: Bring one part freshly juiced ginger root (juice chopped, unpeeled ginger and strain), one part water, and two parts sugar to a simmer until sugar has dissolved. Turn off heat and let cool. Strain into a sealed container and keep refrigerated.

Coriander lime cordial: Bring 1 cup lime juice and 1 cup sugar to a boil. Add 1/4 oz each of whole coriander and cloves (optional) and let simmer for 15 minutes. Cool, strain and keep mix refrigerated.

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Review of the Week Vol. 4 { A Canned WINE COOLER }

Welcome back to Review of the Week! A fun little series where I tell you about one thing I enjoyed that past week so you can too!

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This week it’s a *gasp* WINE COOLER! Never thought I’d say that but I promise this one is actually worth a try! While in Palm Springs a couple of weekends ago, we stopped by a VONS supermarket to check out our just-landed You & Yours canned cocktails. Having recently locked down all southern California locations of the retailer, we were SO excited to see our products on shelves out in the wild. After perusing the aisles, we couldn’t resist picking up a couple of other canned RTDs to try… I’ve been a huge fan of Union Wine Co.‘s Underwood line of wines in a can over the years and thought it was high-time I tried some of their wine coolers too. I was hooked by the packaging right away, but after taking a peek at the ingredients (just wine, hops and real fruit juice), I knew had to give the Riesling Radler a try.

When I popped it open, I have to admit it smelled EXACTLY like opening up a bag of Bugles… you know the little corn snacks you put on your finger tips? Lol. Not exactly off-putting (I love a good salty snack) but just… unexpected. After the Bugle aroma subsided, it had a super sweet nose to it, making me a bit worried it was going to be too saccharine. But when I took a sip the sweetness thankfully gave way to an extremely palatable and dry, almost bitter finish. Every sip is a roller coaster, let me tell you! But in a good way. It’s sweet up front, then deliciously complex and juicy before rolling through to a pithy grapefruit peel-like finish. It’s pretty brilliant because the sweet start is perfectly balanced by that bitter finish, which keeps you going back in for sip after sip.

My only drawback, if I had to name one, would be the alcohol content. They’re *extremely* sessionable at just 3% ABV. They don’t exactly pack a punch, but if you have a friend or family member who maybe isn’t a big drinker, this is a really fun option for them to get in on just a little bit of fun. And no matter you’re desired poolside ABV, these Radlers are definitely worthy of a spot in your summer bevvy lineup!

Have you tried the Riesling Radler yet? If so, would love to know your thoughts! And if not, click here to find out where to buy them near you.

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Blood & Sand(lot)

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Baseball is back and so is our speciality cocktail, the Blood & Sand(lot)! Suhh-wing (BATTER BATTER) by the You & Yours Distilling Co. tasting room before or after the next home game for our take on the classic Scotch cocktail! :) ⚾️Not local to San Diego? Scroll down for how to make this festive game day cocktail at home!

 

 

 

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Blood & Sand(lot) |  Makes 1 cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Y&Y Vodka
  • 0.75 oz lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz orange cordial*
  • 0.5 oz blood orange juice
  • 1 egg white, separated
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash liquid smoke

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a shaker WITHOUT ice. Shake vigorously to create a frothy mixture from the egg white. Add ice and shake briefly. Double strain into a footed coupe. Garnish with 10 drops of Angostura bitters placed in back to back “C” shapes, and use a toothpick or straw to gently draw a line through the drops to create the baseball stitching effect!

*Orange cordial: Bring one part fresh orange juice (strained) and one part white sugar to a gentle boil. Let simmer for 15 minutes and cool. Keep mix refrigerated.

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Crystal Ball

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Cheers to another Spring Menu cocktail recipe! This one from You & Yours Distilling Co. can only be described as what would happen if Ken tried to make Barbie an Old Fashioned. It’s light and airy and feminine but gets straight to the point.

I love that it combines two trends I’m loving at the moment – “up, on a rock” and “a little extra on the side.” I’m into cocktails served up AND on a rock for a couple of reasons: I think the aesthetic is cool and unexpected and I like that using a coupe coupled with a touch of dilution from the ice makes a direct-style cocktail just a touch more delicate and approachable. On top of the ice/garnish situation, serving the drink with a little extra cocktail on the side – so you can top yourself up at your leisure – is genius IMO because it allows the drink to be presented in one way, yet you’re not missing out on enjoying a full cocktail. These two cocktail trends combined provide a lovely, sensuous and subtly drawn out imbibing experience. Scroll down to snag the recipe.

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Crystal Ball  |  Makes 1 cocktail.

Ingredients:

Directions:

Add all ingredients (except salt spray) to a mixing glass. Stir for 15 seconds and strain over a large ice sphere in a coupe and spritz a few times with salt spray. Garnish with a grapefruit peel placed around the inner rim. If there is leftover cocktail remaining in the mixing glass, serve it in a small tasting glass or snifter on the side, and refill the coupe at your leisure!

*Grapefruit cordial: Bring one part fresh grapefruit juice (strained) and one part white sugar to a boil. Let simmer for 15 minutes and cool. Keep mix refrigerated.

**Lemon oleo: Peel 2-3 lemons and combine peel and 1/2 c sugar in a container. Let rest 4+ hours overnight, then drain off lemon oil and store oil in a sealed container.

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Oh Snap! A Snap Pea & Sunday Gin Sour

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New cocktail menu tastings are DEFINITELY in the top five when it comes to things I get to do for my “job” at You & Yours Distilling Co. and our most recent spring menu tasting did not disappoint. In fact, I think this Snap Pea Sunday Gin Sour, the “Oh Snap!,” by our tasting room manager, April, might be one of my favorite cocktails ever presented at Y&Y.

Fresh juiced snap peas lend a gentle but invigorating jolt of grassiness that compliments our bright and citrusy Sunday Gin just flawlessly. And the frothiness from the egg white and bit of complexity from a dash or two of peach bitters and fresh mint send it totally over the top. I think it might even be the new Bunny Foo Foo! 😉#ifyouknowyouknow… keep scrolling for the recipe or better yet, sign up for one of our March Cocktail Classes to learn how to make it from April herself!

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Oh Snap! Makes 1 cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Sunday Gin
  • 1.5 oz snap pea + honey mix (see recipe below)
  • .75 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 2-3 dashes peach bitters
  • 1 small sprig of mint
  • 1 egg white, separated

Directions:

Add all ingredients (tear mint before adding) to a cocktail shaker WITHOUT ICE and dry shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds. The longer you shake, the frothier the cocktail will be. Then add ice and shake a second time. Double strain directly into a short rocks glass and garnish with a single snap pea.

Snap pea + honey mix: Combine two parts fresh juiced snap peas with one part honey simple syrup (1:1 honey to water, heated gently until fully dissolved). Keep mix refrigerated.

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Review of the Week! Vol. 2: El Jardin’s El Conquistador G&T

Welcome back to a new series here on Distillerista! Each week I’ll be sharing a shorter format post reviewing one thing I tried over the previous week. It may be a cocktail, a non-alcoholic drink, a product, a spirit, or a recipe. Just a little something I enjoyed and wanted to share so you can too!

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This week is the first of what is sure to be many in a category of these reviews: a You & Yours Distilling Co. cocktail menu placement featuring one of our spirits! This week it’s a gorgeous Spanish-style Gin & Tonic featuring our Winter Gin, AKA my version of a London Dry style of gin.

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The ‘El Conquistador‘ at El Jardin in Liberty Station is everything a Gin & Tonic should be: gorgeous to the eye, intoxicating to the nose and perfectly bright and balanced on the palate. Complimenting our Winter Gin is Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic Water, then it’s all garnished with aromatic orange zest, eye-catching star anise pods and lemon balm and fennel fronds from the Chef’s own garden. As delicious as it is beautiful! Be sure to get to El Jardin to try one quick, as Bev Director Eliza and her team are about to overhaul the cocktail menu for spring and a new Sunday Gin cocktail will be taking the Conquistador’s place!

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Cheers! And be sure to check out last week’s Review, a gorgeously creamy “Dirty” Ginger Turmeric Cappuccino.

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Negative Calories: The Celery Cocktail You NEED in Your Life this January

We recently did a staff Q&A for our weekly feature series on the You & Yours Instagram and one of the questions asked what “What is your favorite cocktail from the Winter Menu?” Mine is hands down the Negative Calories. Technically a carry over from our fall menu (it’s that good!), the name ‘Negative Calories’ is a play on celery’s guilt-free nature and although the cocktail may not actually be calorically negative, it is just about as healthy as a cocktail can get. It’s fresh, herbaceous, a touch savory, and incredibly, incredibly invigorating! If you haven’t tried one yet, I suggest you make your way to the tasting room immediately. Not local to San Diego? Recipe below!

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Negative Calories. Makes 1 drink.
Ingredients: 
  • pinch sea salt
  • large torn basil leaf
  • 3 dashes orange bitters
  • .75 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1.5 oz celery syrup (2:1 – fresh celery juice : simple syrup)
  • 1.5 oz Winter Gin

Instructions:

Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake all ingredients until very cold. Double strain into a stemless wine glass and garnish with a fresh basil leaf.

 

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