Empirical at Home: COMBAT with Margot Lecarpentier for International Women’s Day
Releases: Stoned 'n' Smoky
Our friends from Native in Singapore were inspired by the flavors of their local markets to come up with a complex drink based on The Plum, I Suppose.
A riff on a modern take of a classic cocktail, Samfundssind is based on our Pasilla Mixe chili spirit Ayuuk and includes fermented citrus and Australian ingredients. Another fun collaboration with our friend Luke Whearty of BYRDI in Melbourne.
Releases: Striped Tomato
Working off from the habanero notes of Fuck Trump And His Stupid Fucking Wall, Sasha was inspired to create a Bloody Mary with a much fresher and cleaner flavor profile.
How to drink Empirical: Ayuuk Flip
The main ingredient in this spirit, Pasilla Mixe, is a special, smoke-dried chili grown at 2,700 meters above sea level by the Mixe people — known in their native language as Ayuuk. Once fully ripened, the chilis are partially dried on the plant and finished on wicker racks over gnarled hardwood smoke. The true Pasilla Mixe possesses a twilight, dark red fruitiness and a unique earthiness that reflects the rugged terroir in which it grows.
How to drink Empirical: Ayuuk & Ginger Ale
Our new core spirit Ayuuk is based on Pasilla Mixe, a special smoke-dried chili that grows in a cloud forest. For this serve, the chili’s pleasantly spicy, vegetal notes are balanced out with the zesty, bite of ginger.
How to drink Empirical: Fuck Trump Paloma
Fuck Trump and His Stupid Fucking Wall is a refreshingly smooth, warm, vegetal tasting habanero spirit made from a base of Pilsner Malt, Belgian saison yeast, and Barley koji. Through low-temperature vacuum-distillation, we removed capsaicin, the painfully spicy active component in the chilies, to preserve the pleasantly floral and fruit-forward notes typically hidden in habaneros.
How to drink Empirical: The Plum, I Suppose & Citrus Soda
The Plum, I Suppose captures plum kernel’s marzipan high notes and the fruit’s nuanced sweetness. Bring out the brightness of this spirit with citrus soda in this refreshing serve.
Releases: Yalla Habibi Rise Again
Our friends Electric Bing Sutt were among the many people devastated by the horrific explosion in Beirut. Yalla Habibi Rise Again is a reconstruction of their classic "EBS Gimlet". All proceeds will go to their fundraiser.
Releases: One More Before I Go
One More Before I Go is a celebration of Maxim Schulte's time as head bartender of the American Bar, one of London’s oldest and most iconic cocktail bars.
Toby Evans designed some special cans for us
Our special edition mix packs of CAN 01 and CAN 02 feature artwork from artist and designer Toby Evans. We had a decent chat with him about it.
Releases: The making of ES x Ticuchi with Yana Volfson
In celebration of Cinco de Mayo this year, we asked Yana Volfson of Cosme (NYC), Atla (NYC), and Ticuchi (Mexico City) to create a festive drink that marries our habanero spirit with essential Mexican flavors. Nuestra casa su casa, so here's the recipe.
Like bounding through a Nordic pine forest during berry season
A bracing, crimson drink that feels like bounding through a Nordic pine forest during berry season. Available now.
The one-off experiment that became a permanent fixture
Can 01 is a lightly carbonated drink based on a spirit made from beet molasses and Belgian saison yeast. It has been flavored with ingredients such as milk oolong cold brew tea, toasted birch tea, gooseberry spirit, cold-infused gooseberry juice, douglas fir spirit, and pomelo zest spirit.
Why did we end up making cans?
It’s not often you get to hear from people who make cans of ready-to-drink booze, because usually, the story behind them is, “we got some gin and some tonic and we mixed them up and put them in a can”. But these cans are special so we thought we’d ask him a few questions about them.
Serves: Charlene McGee Lot Six Edition & Vermouth
For Charlene McGee Lot Six Edition, we recommend a riff on a classic Manhattan. The spirit’s round, smoky flavor profile at cask strength makes it an apt challenger for the recipe’s standard bourbon. Chances are that after a few of these, you might develop your own pyrokinetic powers à la Firestarter.
Releases: Charlene McGee Lot Six Edition
This limited release is a cask strength send-off to Charlene McGee, one of our first spirits based on smoked juniper. At 50% ABV, you may gain pyrokinetic powers from this Firestarter-inspired edition.
Serves: Flora Danica & Tonic
Based on the wild plants of Danish summer, Flora Danica is a herbaceous spirit with a slightly bitter finish. Complement it with tonic and a hint of lemon to make this bright serve.
Releases: What’s old is new again, Flora Danica
In 1752, botanist Georg C. Oeder set out to collect all of the plants in the Danish Kingdom into an encyclopedia called "Flora Danica". We took a stab at our own interpretation of Flora Danica. At the end of this past summer, our R&D team went searching for interesting plants around the distillery and greater Copenhagen.
Releases: The Plum, I Suppose
We set out to make a spirit based on plum kernel. Plum kernels lie within the pits of all plums. They have a rich fragrance, fruity top notes, and marzipan undertones. In both appearance and taste, they most closely resemble almonds. We get ours from the Stanley variety of plums, known for its plump, dark blue-skinned fruit with yellow flesh.
Releases: The Story of Ayuuk
The story behind Ayuuk, our smoke-dried Pasilla Mixe spirit, as told by Lars Williams. The images were taken by Arthur Couvat during a trip to the Sierra Norte mountains in September 2019.
Serves: Freyja & Champagne
Named after the goddess of love, based on an ingredient that only blooms once a year, and only 200 bottles made in total, Freyja is fittingly best enjoyed with Champagne. For this refreshing serve, opt for a crisp, dry Champagne to complement the elderflower spirit’s natural, subtle sweetness.
Serves: ES X ēe #1 & Soda Water
ES X ēe #1 is a collaboration with Alex Kratena & Monica Berg of Tayēr & Elementary in London. It's made using Lebanese cherry stems, coffee chaff, carob, corn husk kombucha, and Citra hops. The project’s aim is to gather and re-interpret inspiration from various regions, ingredients, and techniques they've encountered throughout research and development trips around the world.
Serves: Helena & Green Tea
Helena is our base product: a double fermented clear koji spirit. The spirit combines a base flavor of sweet, floral notes from koji nuttiness and toasted bread notes from barley that give way to a bright, crisp umami finish. It is the foundation upon which all of our other spirits are built.
Serves: Charlene McGee & Cream Soda
Charlene McGee is a juniper spirit inspired by the Scandinavian culinary tradition of smoking. The spirit has base notes of fresh juniper, fruity blackberries, and resinous, fragrant juniper sap that leaves a smooth, smoky finish. Unlike a traditional heavily peated spirit, this is a smoother and lighter flavor experience with smoke.
Serves: Fallen Pony & Tonic
Fallen Pony is an aromatic double-fermented quince tea spirit made from a base of quince, barley koji, Belgian Saison yeast, and pilsner malt wash. The blend preserves the sweet botanical notes, highlights hints of marzipan, and provides balanced acidity. A deceptively light drinking experience at 35% ABV.
How to drink Empirical: Fuck Trump & Watermelon
Fuck Trump and His Stupid Fucking Wall is a refreshingly smooth, warm, vegetal tasting habanero spirit made from a base of pearled barley, Belgian saison yeast, and koji. Through low-temperature vacuum-distillation, we removed capsaicin, the painfully spicy active component in the chilies, to preserve the pleasantly floral and fruit-forward notes typically hidden in habaneros.