Marilee Foster knew what the pandemic required. That’s why Foster, who is a farmer and one of the managers of Sagaponack Farm Distillery, started making bloody Mary kits back in March, when the distillery closed due to the state’s temporary guidelines. Since then, the distillery’s lines have only expanded. Foster has added a martini kit, which features the distillery’s signature potato vodka, a Gibson kit, which features a barrelfinished gin, and the so-called Greener Pasture kit, which features aquavit, a spirit flavored with caraway.
With the holidays at our very doorstep, Marilee Foster and the folks at Sagaponack Farm Distillery have done even more to dress up local libations in the service of friends and family. These kits are now all dressed up with many places to go. “The idea is that they hold everything you need,” Foster said. That “everything” includes a recipe card, coasters, and the farm’s own kettle-cooked potato chips, made from their famous potatoes (if you did not already know, long before Sagaponack was fertile ground for the wellheeled, it was fertile ground for some of the country’s finest spuds).
The bloody Mary kit comes in two available options. For $70, the kit arrives with either a wheat or potato vodka, and for $80, gift-givers can upgrade to the cucumber vodka. The package comes with pickled dilly beans and bloody Mary mix as well. The “po-tini” martini pack, which comes with olives and Channing Daughters vermouth, costs $80. The Greener Pastures gift pack comes with Fever-Tree tonic water and fresh lemons, for $70. Finally, the Gibson package comes with Channing Daughters vermouth and Gibson onions, for $100. No matter which bespoke gift package you choose, you’ll be selecting the very best in craft spirits. These lovely, expertly designed gifts are a pleasure to look at and an even bigger pleasure to give (and to receive).
Also for sale, beginning December 4, will be the distillery’s house cocktails to-go. Prebatched cocktails will include The Walking Dune (wheat vodka, rhubarb liqueur, unsweetened cranberry juice, simple syrup, and lime, finished with Fever-Tree club soda, which the distillery provides); The Poxabogue Pony (potato vodka, lime, and lemongrass simple syrup, finished with Fever-Tree ginger beer, which the distillery provides); The Spudhatten (Single Spud spirit and sweet vermouth); and The My Word (barrel-finished gin, rhubarb liqueur, lime, and lemongrass simple syrup, finished with Fever-Tree club soda, which the distillery provides). All cocktails will serve two people, and the distillery plans to offer one specialty cocktail each week, which they will announce on social media.
Kits are now available for purchase on the distillery’s website, and the Sagaponack Farm Distillery will also be offering local delivery to those who live out East. And although they are not yet able to ship spirits, they are offering their gift packs and cocktails for sale at their tasting room.
Cocktail kits are now available at the distillery. Stop by Thursdays and Fridays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. to sample all the options and pick up a kit.
Visitors to the distillery can also take home the ultimate 2020 stocking stuffer. Sagaponack Farm Distillery produces their very own handcrafted, estate-grown sanitizer, an 80 percent ABV sanitizer made from Foster Farm potatoes. Distilling the potatoes to 191-proof ensures protection against both bacteria and viruses, and this sanitizer is made in accordance with the World Health Organization’s recommendations. It’s available in five-ounce, 12-ounce, and one-gallon sizes.
Fulfill all your holiday shopping (and sipping) needs with a visit to the Sagaponack Farm Distillery’s tasting room, which is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., and Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. Outdoor patio seating and limited indoor seating are available. Masks are required.