Holiday Cocktail Corner Premier Wine & SpiritsFestive Gin & Juice Cocktails. When looking for a signature holiday cocktail, look no further than Delaware’s own Dog Fish Head Distilling for a quality product to make your Spirits bright! This week, we are featuring 3 old school cocktails with an off-centered holiday twist, using Dog Fish Head Distilling Co.’s Compelling Gin and Whole Leaf Gin.

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Poinsetta Gimlet

Poinsetta GimletIngredients

  • 2 oz Dogfish Head Distilling Co. Compelling Gin
  • 3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 3/4 oz Pomegranate Juice
  • 3/4 oz Simple Syrup


  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in the gin, lime juice and simple syrup.
  • Stir vigorously with a long cocktail spoon until very cold.
  • Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass, or strain over a rocks glass filled with ice, depending on preference.
  • Garnish with the lime wheel

Winter Apple

Winter Apple CiderIngredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Dogfish Head Whole Leaf Gin
  • 4 oz Fresh Apple Cider


  • Fill a rocks glass with ice and pour in gin and the apple cider
  • Stir vigorously with a cocktail spoon until very cold
  • Garnish with winter apple

‘Continual hopping’

“Back in ’02, Dogfish Head was the first to distill hops in gin. Distilling with hops is tricky, because you are hyper-concentrating flavors, and it can be tough to single out the desirable notes. So we adopted the ‘continual hopping’ method used to make our signature lineup of IPAs to gradually dose in whole-leaf hops. The result is a gin bursting with hop goodness.” – Sam Calagione 

Dogfish DistillingHow Whole Leaf Gin is Made

Gin is simply vodka distilled with juniper berries and other botanicals. And what better base to start with than our very own scratch-made Analog Vodka.

Along with coriander seeds, angelica root, chamomile flowers, cubeb berries and other botanicals, Head Distiller Graham Hamblett adds whole-leaf hops in each step of distillation.

A Merry Compelling Collins

Merry CollinsIngredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Dogfish Head Compelling Gin
  • 1/2 oz Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 4 oz Soda


  • Pour gin, maple syrup, fresh lime juice and soda into a tall glass
  • Stir well
  • Pour over ice and stir until cold
  • Garnish with a sprig of Rosemary and a cherry

‘A medley of compelling ingredients’

“Since the start, our off-centered ales have been inspired by what was found in the spice drawer or cooler of our brewpub’s kitchen. The recipe for Compelling Gin came together the same way, by pulling a medley of compelling ingredients and whatnot from our brewpub.” – Sam Calagione

Compelling GinHow Compelling Gin is Made

Gin is simply vodka distilled with juniper berries and other botanicals. And what better base to start with than our very own scratch-made Analog Vodka. Head Distiller Graham Hamblett adds a long list of beautiful culinary ingredients such as coriander, angelica root and lemon peel to make a bright and citrusy gin that’s quite compelling.

Tasting Events at Premier Wine & Spirits

Dogfish Head Distilling Co. Spirit Tastings

Dogfish Tasting EventsFriday, December 18, 2015

  • 5:00pm-7:00pm

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

  • 4:30pm-6:00pm

Sample some of the hottest local spirits in the marketplace today. Visit Premier Wine & Spirits and try out DFH’s Compelling Gin, Analog Vodka and Whole Leaf Gin! All tastings are complimentary. Must be 21 to taste.

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