Berried Treasure

Hey there! Perks of Quarantine? Plenty of time to finish up old, decaying blog post drafts! This one is an easy-to-recreate-at-home cocktail recipe from last year’s summer menu at the tasting room and still one of my favorites, the Berried Treasure. It drinks like a dry, fruity sangria! Perfect for the warmer weather we’re enjoying :)



Berried Treasure | Makes 1 cocktail.



Place blueberries in a shaker and muddle well. Then add remaining ingredients and ice, and shake to combine. Strain into a small stemless wine glass filled with ice and garnish with a small string of currants, a few blueberries or whatever fresh garnish you have lying around.


My Advice for an Aspiring Distiller

Hi guys, Happy May(!?!)

Every once in a while I get an email from someone asking what I did, how I did it, what worked, what didn’t, etc. etc. in relation to starting You & Yours. I don’t always have time to answer each one thoughtfully but thanks to our current quarantine situation, I sure do these days. While replying to one such note last week I figured this might be a nice post idea so that anyone – myself included – can direct other aspiring distillers here in the future! Without further ado, my advice for an aspiring distiller —

Advice-For-Aspiring-Distiller-1  { our newly installed hybrid still @ Y&Y, circa late 2016 }

***Quick post update! It occurred to me it might be worth mentioning this post is naturally best suited for someone looking to follow a similar path to the one I went down with Y&Y (not that it was by any means straightforward or obvious to me at the time lol), seeing as that’s where my knowledge and experience lie. There are several potential roads to becoming a distiller or finding a career in the craft spirits industry, mine is just one of them. 

First off, I would commend you for taking your dreams and putting them front and center. Not an easy task. It’s quite common for seasoned distillers to urge aspiring newbies to reconsider their distilling dreams. I can imagine how discouraging that must be as I felt similarly dissuaded when someone suggested early on that I simply white label my product (have another distillery make it for me) instead of launching my own operation. Lucky for me that route to market never interested me in the slightest.

I will, however, preface all the below my saying that starting a distillery from scratch is without a doubt the most difficult thing I have ever done. I often say if I knew then what I know now there is a very real chance I would not have moved forward with Y&Y, truthfully. Actually getting a distillery up and running aside, this industry is incredibly difficult to navigate and “make it” in… You will need infallible conviction and perhaps a certifiably-insane amount of perseverance, but if you have those two things I would never deter anyone from trying. 


To begin I recommend purchasing a small perfume still on eBay or the like. They are small glass versions of the “real” thing and do the trick when just starting out or tinkering. I still use one to this day to begin any new R&D project I dream up. They will be listed as a glass still, perfume still, or essential oil still and shouldn’t cost you more than a few hundred dollars at the most. Botanicals can be purchased in small quantities on Amazon via Starwest Botanicals or other similar suppliers. 


If you haven’t already, begin to politely infiltrate your surrounding community of distillers. Reaching out to the Guild President in your region/state/city/county is your best bet if you don’t know where to start. It may not be easy nor particularly helpful in the beginning but a huge reason why Y&Y was able to open on the timeline it did is because a fellow distiller I eventually befriended allowed me to learn and work on his equipment in the very early days. Just keep showing up to meetings/events and introducing yourself. Someone will eventually take notice.


As soon as you can financially and otherwise, sign up for Moonshine University’s 6 Day Distiller Course in Louisville, Kentucky. Without a doubt the most helpful and practical distilling education I completed. Beyond just knowledge and practical skills, I gained contacts there that I wouldn’t have opened Y&Y if it weren’t for them. I simply wouldn’t even consider spending money on any other course/workshop offered by a distillery (in my experience they are taking advantage of this wave in popularity and simply taking your money). 

 { me at my very first distilling workshop (!!!), summer 2014 }

There are a LOT of steps to fulfilling your distilling-related goals between the previous and following paragraphs and your experience will, of course, depend entirely on you and what your goals are. I would encourage you to take your time discovering and exploring these steps. By all means, fail fast and often but what the craft distilling industry – in my opinion – desperately needs above all is more professionalism, thoughtfulness and intention. This is a precarious industry still in it’s infant stages and simply put, quickly churned out operations lacking the necessary skills, safety measures and attention to detail are not going to further the industry’s growth in a positive way.

View More:  { the Y&Y tasting room slowlyyyy coming together, fall 2016 }


This is perhaps the best advice I could ever give: Figure out what parts of the business you are best at and that bring you the most joy. Whatever those answers are, do those things and hire someone for all the others.*** I urge you to give this an enormous amount of thought. Get rid of any and all ego (an important step it would seem several distillers like to skip 😉 ). Ask those close to you the same question about yourself and see what they say. 

Advice-For-Aspiring-Distiller-10  {the (ultra sophisticated) process of narrowing in on a Sunday Gin formulation, early 2017?}

For example… In the beginning I did the distilling myself (and even then with ample help) but quickly realized running a distillery of the size and scale I was after does not leave much time for actual distilling (hah). So a few months in I hired someone to help out on a more regular basis and guess what? – I’ve been largely removed from the actual day-to-day production ever since. I have always known that one of my greatest strengths within this business is creating our signature flavor profile and developing the bright, fresh, ingredient-driven spirits we’ve come to be well known for. Therefore I maintain full control of all recipe development and scaling up of new products or formulations, but I leave the eventual day-to-day production of those products to our production distiller so I can focus elsewhere when I need to. I still deeply love the art and process of creating spirits but personally, I know that apart from crafting our brand’s unique flavor profile, my time is best spent keeping crosshairs on the bigger picture and growing the company by helping to sell the product and building/managing my team.

Advice-For-Aspiring-Distiller-6{ getting ready to open, March 2017! }


Seeing as You & Yours is just a little over three years old, I’m still figuring things out every day. Perhaps we’ll do a part two! Any specific questions you have or parts of my journey you’d like me to elaborate on? Let me know in the comments. :)

I skipped around a lot but I hope something in there was helpful for you. I wish you the best of luck and hope you achieve all your dreams and then some! Send me a bottle when you do :) – LKJ

***Every operation is different and I believe what defines a “successful” distillery is purely subjective. This is simply what I would advise someone looking to start a distillery with the desire and intention of growing it into a profitable, viable business.


TGIF! It’s A Day in the Life! Quarantine Edition :) Here’s what my Friday (3/27) looked like —

IMG_1663{ dezi thinks there are no rules during lockdown }

woke up to the sound of our housekeeper knocking on the door at 8 am, whoops. (yes, keeping 6 ft between us! and yes, tipping her FAT)

scrolled IG for far too long (are you following @BeckyRobinson, Y or N?)

tidied up our room for the housekeeper (just me?) 

threw towels in the wash

made coffee (Nespresso vanilla pod + TJ’s coconut creamer + cinnamon)

felt overwhelmingly compelled to look up “small backyard for entertaining” ideas on Pinterest (see also: our house reno inspo board!)

checked email; marked the ones I don’t want to deal with right now unread

answered texts from friends…

…which led to browsing online sales for wedding lewks (not to worry, I now have 7 months instead of 1 to impeccably style myself for each and every second of my destination nuptials) 

changed into real clothes and by real clothes I mean yoga pants and a pullover

made a ham & chive scramble

perused a few blogs I love…

 …which led to going down a rabbit hole of Trader Joe’s hacks on Cup of Jo

 made a second coffee (which I never finish but always think is a good idea)

 it’s 11 am and time to tackle the emails I don’t particularly like atm:

  • SBA disaster relief loan status update (in review)
  • payroll / sick time / unemployment guidelines for small business owners during this crisis
  • people (who i love dearly and appreciate beyond measure) replying to our “save the NEW date” wedding paperless post
  • a half ass explanation as to why our business interruption insurance policy for Y&Y doesn’t cover the gd mf’ing coronavirus
  • TLC greens keeper letting us know he’s been kicking people off the (completely closed) course left right and center; one of which was a homeless person who pulled a knife on him?

read the NYT Morning Briefing

set an alarm for when the city of San Diego’s small business relief loan program goes live later tonight

 looked over our new Y&Y merch site before sending it live! we can ship, people!

 microwaved said second coffee (really need that mug that keeps things hot)

 worked on a few blog posts

 big walk around da ‘hood

 IG scroll #2

 postmated some lunch

 watched YT videos while waiting on lunch, specifically this one


 ~ emailz ~

brainstormed where we can secretly elope to once this is all over

debated whether or not 3:20 pm is too early to start drinking

pondered which pizza(s) I will order from Tribute tonight (Brooklyn’s Best & Dirty Dancin’ duh)

 *7:30 pm update* ^^^ lost track after that… some rosé and a jacuzzi were involved. stay safe y’all & have a corona-free wknd XO, LKJ


Five Easy, Comforting Meals


What an interesting time to be alive…. I hope all of you reading this are staying happy, healthy and positive amidst this pandemic. The decisions we’ve had to make re: You & Yours’ operations over the past week or so have been rough, to say the least. Perhaps I’ll share more of my/our experience at a later date but for now, I thought I’d distract myself (and hopefully you) from these supremely shitty times with a few of my favorite easy, healthy-ish and comforting meals to make at home.

These meals are listed in rough order from “a monkey could do it,” to “might want to skim the recipe first,” but I promise you they’re all relatively hands off!

…and I hope this goes without saying, but feeling incredibly fortunate that I’m not only able to work from home during this time but that my household can afford to purchase necessities. Currently brainstorming how we can help those who may not be so fortunate so please leave any suggestions in the comments if you would. My deepest thanks to all the healthcare providers, public health workers and other essential service providers keeping us all going.

1. Jazzed Up Annie’s Mac & Cheese…

five-easy-meals-distillerista-jazzed-up-mac-2{ Annie’s quinoa & rice mac + baby kale + spinach feta chicken sausage }

This is my guilty pleasure to make for lunch when I’m working from from home (or for dinner during a pandemic-induced lockdown!). I always have a box or two of Annie’s Gluten Free Mac & Cheese in the pantry for when the craving hits or I’m just feeling particularly lazy. Here’s how I jazz it up to convince myself it’s a relatively well balanced meal…

five-easy-meals-distillerista-jazzed-up-mac{ Annie’s gluten free white cheddar shells + jalapeño chicken sausage + baby spinach }

In a small cast iron or nonstick skillet, sauté three big handfuls (or a small clamshell) of whatever greens you have on hand (spinach, kale, chard, etc.), chopped, in your preferred cooking fat (I like avocado oil) until wilted, salting as you go. Chop up whatever cooked protein you have laying around (leftover rotisserie chicken, sliced up pre-cooked chicken sausage) and throw it in the pan with the greens to warm through. Cook Mac to package directions – I like to do whatever I can to make the boxed mac more exciting so I’ll use a mix of butter, chicken stock and sour cream (or whatever dairy I have) in place of the bit of milk the box calls for. Then fold your greens and protein into the mac. Once it’s all mixed in I’ll had a generous handful of chives (use whatever soft herb you have or just skip altogether) and tons of black pepper and boom! done. And yes, I consider one box to be one portion, duh. 

2. Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

five-easy-meals-distillerista-chili-stuffed-sweet-potatoes{ Trader Joe’s Turkey Chili or Annie’s Vegetarian Chili are my go-to’s }

This one is so good to have as a quick and comforting dinner. Preheat your oven to 450 F. Grab a can of your favorite chili (Trader Joe’s has great options including vegetarian versions) and warm in a small saucepan on the stove. Microwave two small-medium sweet potatoes for 3-5 minutes after poking all over with a fork. If the sweet potatoes are large, use half a potato per person, as shown above. Take them out of the microwave and pop in the oven, right onto the rack, to crisp the skin and finish cooking them through, maybe 5-10 minutes more. Once the sweet potatoes are tender throughout and chili is hot, take the potatoes out and let cool for a minute or two. Split potatoes down the middle, add generous swaths of butter, lots of salt and then top each potato with half the chili. Top with whatever you have on hand – chives, a dollop of greek yogurt or sour cream, shredded cheese and then some good cracks of black pepper. Side of sautéed spinach goes nicely!

3. Ground Beef Tacos

This is one of our favorite simple meals. We make this at least once a week for dinner with either ground beef, chicken or turkey. Sometimes we’ll scoop it into Siete Foods tortillas (the cashew ones are my favorite!) or other times we’ll make a “burrito” bowl by spooning it over cauli rice. A simple side salad is nice but not required in these dark times, lol.

Dice up an onion and sauté in your preferred cooking fat until translucent, 5 minutes or so. Add a few cloves of chopped garlic to the pan. Salt each step generously as you go. Add a chopped jalapeño or Serrano pepper if you have one. When the onion starts to develop a tiny bit of color around the edges, add a pound of ground meat and start to break it up a bit with a wooden spoon. Season with salt and pepper and then leave it alone so it can get nice and charred and brown in places. While the meat is browning, add some spices – I do a mixture of cumin, paprika, cayenne, oregano, and chili powder. Stir occasionally so it can get browned all over, then add a bit of liquid when the meat is almost fully cooked (a half cup or so of chicken broth, some canned tomatoes, water or jarred salsa will do nicely). Once most of the liquid has cooked off and it all looks nice and saucy (maybe 3-5 minutes), load meat mixture into tortillas or over some rice and top with whatever toppings you have/sound good to you. Salsa, hot sauce, sliced avocado, greek yogurt or sour cream, shredded cheese, cilantro, chives or sliced green onions and enjoy! Makes epic leftovers too for a taco salad the next day.

4. Kale & Sausage Meatball Soup

five-easy-meals-distillerista-sausage-meatball-soup{ healing & comforting af }

This one is soooo quick and easy. Two ways to go here: a. make sausage meatballs from fresh sausage links or b. use pre-cooked meatballs. I’m a big fan of Trader Joe’s frozen little ‘party meatballs’ if you want to go that route

If using fresh uncooked sausage, take the sausage out of the casing and roll each link into about 4-5 mini meatballs.The sausage is already seasoned so you don’t need to do anything there. Put a bit of oil in a large dutch oven and cook the meatballs until brown on all sides but not fully cooked. Remove meatballs from pan and set aside on a plate. Dice up whatever starchy veggies you happen to have and throw them right into the pot (side note: If your sausage was pretty lean, add a glug of your preferred cooking oil to get everything going again).  I usually do carrots as well as an onion, a few cloves of garlic, and maybe a fresh chili pepper if I have one. Let all those veggies sauté, salting as you go. This is a good time to add some chopped thyme or rosemary, maybe some dried oregano and definitely some crushed red chili flakes! Once the veggies have softened and developed some color (5-10 minutes) add a ton of greens (a big clamshell of spinach or baby kale, or a couple bunches of heartier greens like curly or dinosaur kale or chard torn into pieces). Let those wilt for a minute or two then add two cartons of bone broth and bring to a simmer. If you want to keep it vegetarian, use vegetable broth and maybe add a can of white beans or chickpeas to bulk it up in lieu of meatballs! Whether using fresh or frozen, toss the meatballs & any juices into the soup and let them heat up/finish cooking through while everything comes up to a simmer. Simmer for 10-15 minutes then salt & pepper to taste. Serve with big shavings of parm and flaky salt

5. Beef Bourguignon + Cauliflower Gnocchi

Okay, this one has an actual recipe… I LOVE Ina’s Beef Bourguignon recipe because it really is stupid easy to make. The only modifications I make are 1. omitting the Cognac (simply because I don’t have any and don’t think the dish rides on it), 2. omitting the frozen onions at the end and 3. serving it all over Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi instead of thick slices of bread, but you do you! Cook Gnocchi to package directions, top with stew and chopped parsley to serve.

five-easy-meals-distillerista-beef-bourg{ don’t mind the dirty stovetop }

What are you favorite meals to make when you’re in the mood for something easy and mood-boosting? I’d love to know! Xo, LKJ

2020 Travel Plans & Bucket List

It felt like I was constantly on the go on 2019 but let me tell you, 2020 is stacking up to blow last year out of the water… we’re not even a month into the new year and I’m already on my third trip!*** I’m literally writing this from the skies above, about to land at JFK. The reason for all the travel is largely work related, but I never pass up an opportunity to squeeze in some play time too. Here’s what’s on my calendar for the rest of the year…

***wrote this on the plane then my computer stopped charging (fun!) and subsequently took a little vacay to apple repair so it’s been a week since I actually wrote this.

IMG-0628{ they hate it when i pack :( }


IMG-0501{ right before my panel went on! }

I kicked off the new year with a road trip to Palm Springs for CW3’s Confidence Summit. I had such a great time speaking on a panel about the importance of building your network. I also snuck in a few meetings with our financial advisor and a couple of potential investors. We stayed at L’Horizon, which I sadly wouldn’t recommend. Beautiful property but the service and hospitality left a lot to be desired.

IMG-0499{ a very beautiful, veryyy cold desert morning }

After a quick trip to the desert it was off to my home state of Texas for some market work. I had three wonderful days of You & Yours ride-alongs in Houston and San Antonio. I hadn’t been to San Antonio since I was a kid and wow had it changed! I stayed at the stunning Hotel Emma and don’t think I’ll ever stay anywhere else in San Antonio again.

IMG-0561{ such a beautiful room… and the service was wonderful }

IMG-0543{ all of our canned cocktail flavors at a Spec’s liquor store in Texas! }

As mentioned above, I’m circa 25 minutes from touchdown at JFK. Even though it’s going to be absolutely freezing, I couldn’t be more excited to back in NYC for the week. Apart from a huge HUGE meeting tomorrow and my first wedding dress fitting Thursday (!!!) I don’t have many plans. Hoping to eat lots of delicious food and perhaps break Dry January a few days early :). Also staying at The Plaza for the first time so that should be a treat.


{ off to pre-dinner drinks in NYC in a Gal Meets Glam coat & dress }

IMG-0680{ a little pre-airport Lobster Roll at the Plaza Food Hall }


Perhaps the trip I’m MOST excited about right now is my snowy winter wonderland bachelorette coming up in mid-Feb. Eight of us are headed to a big cabin in Oregon for lots of wine tasting, cooking, snow-shoeing, snow-tubing and general debauchery! I’ll probably recap it for the blog as I’m kind of obsessed with our itinerary. Should be one for the books.

Almost immediately upon returning home from Oregon, I’m off again for a purely fun trip with two other couples to Idaho! I’ve never been to that part of the world so I’m doubly as excited. Plus, this Southern California-dweller will get some good use of all those warm clothes I’m currently acquiring for Oregon lol. Brrrrr.

After that, it’s some peace and quiet for a bit, as Luke is off on his bachelor party trip to Tulum & Mexico City (wtf).


In early March, we’ll be headed back to Boston and the east coast for more Y&Y sales. This time we’re headed to Rhode Island and the Cape too, which I’ve never visited before so I’m really looking forward to it. I’m heading East a little early on this trip to speak at another conference, this time it’s the Female Founders Summit being put on by our PR Team and For Now. I’ll be speaking on fundraising – how to figure out how much money you need for your business and how to get it (no pressure). Raising capital is something I have a love/hate relationship with. It’s tedious, uncomfortable and exhausting but ultimately downright addicting. Fun fact, I credit my comfort with raising money to one of my very first jobs – working as a recurring donations intern in college at Invisible Children. I’d be on the phones all day asking people to increase their monthly donations or update their credit card details. It was less than exhilarating work but taught me that asking for money isn’t something to be scared of as long as the value and positive intention are there.

Not sure when it’s going to happen but I’m hoping to squeeze in a little trip back to Charleston, SC at some point in March. I made the mistake of taking Luke in the dead of summer last time a.k.a. humidity city, so hoping I can show him what a beautiful destination it really is without having to duck into AC every five minutes.

Then we’re off to Big Sur for our dear friends’ wedding! I can’t wait for this one. They’ve rented a gorgeous home/estate on the cliff for their ceremony and perhaps the best part is we get to stay there with them for all the weekend festivities. My favorite wedding I’ve ever been to was in Big Sur so I’m sure this one will breathtaking as well.


The wedding countdown is on so trying to get as much work under my belt as possible beforehand. I’ll be heading back to Texas in early April, this time to Dallas & Austin, for more market work.

Time to get married! We’re headed to the Bahamas in late April for our wedding celebrations. More on that some other time :)


OOO – Honeymoon time. Since we both run our own businesses (multiple in fact, for both of us) and have rather grueling responsibilities day-to-day, we decided to take a full month off. From everything! After our wedding we’re heading right down the the Caribbean for a solid three weeks or so of bliss. I’ll share more of our honeymoon plans in another post :)

June, July, August

Not many summer plans apart from getting back to work and settling into our home after the renovations are done (fingers crossed!).


My oldest, dearest, sweetest friend is getting married in IRELAND! Can’t wait. This year is going to absolutely fly by….

October, November, December

Nothing to report just yet aside from the fact that I’m already looking forward to spending the holidays in our fully finished house. This past year things were kind of a construction zone so couldn’t really entertain like I’d hoped. This year however the game is on!

No real “bucket list” hopes for this year (considering we have an epic wedding and honeymoon planned) other than once again putting in my request for an inaugural trip to Montana! LUKE WILL THIS BE THE YEAR?!?!?

What about you guys, where are you headed this year? Tell me in the comments below.  XO, LKJ

You & Yours’ 2019 Holiday Gift Guide!

You & Yours Winter Menu

Only one more week till Christmas — where in the world did the time go?! Last minute holiday shopping can be stressful, so let us bring you some comfort and joy with these 7 easy gift ideas, compliments of You & Yours Distilling Co.! Use our holiday gift guide to cross everything off your list AND feel good about shopping small this season!

You & Yours Winter Menu

1. Gin & Tonic Kit

For the G&T lover in your life. Choose between Sunday (citrussy and bright) or London Dry Gin (spicy and bold), and pair it with a 4-pack of East Imperial Burma or Grapefruit Tonic. Sip, savor, repeat.

You & Yours Winter Menu

2. Holiday 2019 Provisional Gin

Our limited edition spirit, available only for the holidays! We rested our London Dry Gin in single malt bourbon barrels for 11 months and then hand-labeled and gift boxed each bottle for the extra-special someone on your list. Only 3 cases produced!


3. Cocktail Class Ticket

For the cocktail enthusiast on your list. Gift them a cocktail class and we’ll teach them how to mix, shake and pour their very own Y&Y cocktails at our bi-monthly classes. Reach out to to purchase vouchers or book a class here!


4. Afternoon Tea Gift Set

Missed our Holiday Tea event this month? Take home a little piece of the magic with our gift set complete with a 375ml bottle of Sunday Gin, a satchel of London Dry Gin-inspired tea blend from Point Loma Tea, and a pack of homemade gingerbread “tea bags.”


5. Sunday Gin Stocking Stuffers

Give the gift of gin with our 375ml Sunday Gin special! Stock up on a 6-pack for only $99 (25% off regular pricing).

You & Yours Winter Menu

6. Y&Y Gift Card

Have a few “hard to buy” people on your list? A Y&Y gift card will do just the trick! Good for cocktails, small plates, bottles and merchandise in the Tasting Room.

You & Yours Winter Menu

7. Canned Cocktails

Whether you’re headed to a white elephant party or a family-filled dinner, bring the gift of canned cocktails! Perfect as a hostess favor or wrapped under the tree.

Cheers to you & yours this holiday season! Xo, LKJ

All images by Megan Jane Burgess.

Update: You & Yours Canned Cocktails!


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!

Passion of the Dill


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!


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


  • 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


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.


Spring Salad


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. :)


Spring Salad | Makes 1 cocktail.


  • 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


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.


Introducing: The Kitchen at You & Yours Distilling Co.!

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The You & Yours kitchen is HERE, and I can hardly contain myself! After years of dreaming about offering our customers both a cocktail and a light bite in the Tasting Room, it’s finally a reality and I can’t wait to share these dishes with you.

To bring the vision to life, I was fortunate enough to collaborate with my friend, Chef Brian Redzikowski (of Kettner Exchange), who helped create a menu of *somewhat* southern-inspired small plates that loosely tie back to my southern and Texas roots, albeit with a strong southern California undertone.

I already have a few favorites (I’m looking at you, “Taco Bell” Egg Rolls), but half the fun is getting to see what our customers gravitate towards! So without further ado, read on to learn a little bit more about the thought process and inspiration behind each dish!

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Ham + Biscuit Plate

Thinly sliced Benton’s Country ham from Tennessee (one of my favorite hams in the world) and flaky buttermilk biscuits come together for a plate of classic southern comfort. This dish also features a rotating house-made seasonal jam and butter. A gorgeous rhubarb & orange jam and charred scallion butter are the springtime accompaniments.

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Arugula & Chicory Salad

A cheese board in salad form! Fresh arugula and chicory from La Mesa-based Two Forks Farm are tossed with Petite Basque cheese, pink peppercorn-spiced pecans, dates and a savory honey mustard vinaigrette. Bet you didn’t know a salad could be this good.

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Carrot Tartare

Did you even know your life was missing this dish? Our (veggie) take on the classic French staple, but with a southern twist. Top a Texas Toast-style toast point with a combo of roasted and coarsely ground carrots, cornichons, tarragon, and capers. Topped with a bit of pecorino and arugula.

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Patatas Bravas

It’s hard to go wrong with a plate of potatoes, but we like to think we’ve elevated this humble root vegetable just a touch. Baby potatoes are fried to an ideal crisp and topped with a spicy, smoky bravas sauce and creamy roasted garlic aioli. A little spicy bit of heaven in every bite.

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Spicy Salmon Poké

Craving something on the lighter side? Our spicy salmon poké starts off with fresh salmon tossed simply in soy, layered atop sushi rice and fresh greens, then drizzled with a classic creamy spicy sauce and finished off with house-made nori chips. Paper thin coins of cucumber and breakfast radish add texture and interest.

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Crispy Eggplant Stack

A comforting Italian delicacy in tapas form. This dish has quickly become a customer favorite, and there’s a reason why. Panko-breaded eggplant is layered with fresh and local Burrata cheese, and the whole dish gets a generous blanket of our creamy Y&Y Vodka sauce. Inspired by the plates (and plates and plates) of Rigatoni alla Vodka I survived on while studying abroad in Italy! Just try stopping at one bite.

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Broken Shrimp & Grits

You’ve probably heard of shrimp & grits, but have you ever heard of broken shrimp? Sourced from Catalina Offshore, these shrimp are just the same quality as their traditional counterparts; the only difference is that these guys get a little beaten up during processing. They may have lost their tails, but they’re just as delicious! In the spirit of reducing waste, we are all about re-purposing these perfectly good crustaceans in the form of a southern classic. They’re tossed in a Tabasco sofrito and nestled on top of the creamiest parmesan grits this side of the Mississippi.

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Fried Chicken

Would it even be a somewhat southern-inspired menu without fried chicken? We’ve taken this staple and turned the dial up – juicy chicken pieces ( I like to call them adult nuggets) are double battered and fried to perfection, then finished with a house-made buffalo drizzle. And we’ve included a gorgeous bed of rainbow chard from Two Forks Farm because, balance.

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“Taco Bell” Egg Rolls

I mean, do I even need to say anything here? My high school and college-aged selves are bursting with glee! Elegant appetizer meets ultimate drinking food… A cheesy seasoned ground beef mixture is delicately rolled into phyllo-like sheets and fried to the lightest crisp, served with {not-from-a-packet} hot sauce and drizzle of crema.

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Worms In Dirt

This childhood dessert has grown up beautifully. The 21+ parfait-style treat starts off with Provisional Gin chocolate mousse, layered with velvety devil’s food cake, graham cracker sand, and Stella Jean’s vanilla ice cream. It wouldn’t be complete without few worms, which are made in-house with our Y&Y Summer Citrus Vodka. You won’t be able to resist!

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The best part is that each dish is conveniently paired with one of our signature You & Yours cocktails so you can pair and share to your heart’s content! We can’t wait for you to try these beautiful southern small plates and hear what your favorites are. Come see us soon! Xo, LKJ