The Cocktail Napkin – Verdi Local Apple Whiskey

  • 2020-10-15, 05:00 AM (update 2020-10-15, 07:19 AM)
  • By Jo Petteruti, Mixologist and Owner, Jo's Stillwater Tea Room 
The Cocktail Napkin – Verdi Local Apple Whiskey An Applehatten and an Apple Mule at the Tea Room

It's a beautiful time of year in the high desert valley.  Fall is here in full force, apples have been harvested, pumpkins are stacked and the fall fragrances are just delicious.  Did you know that we have an amazing little distillery in Verdi, just a few miles west of Reno that produces an equally amazing Apple Cinnamon Whiskey?

According to the Matador Network, the Verdi Local Distillery is only 774 square feet, making it the smallest distillery in America.  It's also under consideration by the Guinness World Records folks about whether it's also the smallest in the world.

Jeremy and Katey Baumann of Verdi Local offer tours and tastings Tuesdays through Saturdays and it is most certainly worth your time.  They offer a variety of whiskeys, one of our favorites being their Apple Cinnamon Whiskey.  The Matador Network says, “It hit the mark so hard with its deliciousness that it’s better known locally as BOJ, or blackout juice. Also in the works are a black licorice whiskey, an experimental hop-filled whiskey, and an orange peel gin.”

We've been carrying the Apple Cinnamon Whiskey since we opened and it's as popular as it's always been.  We have two cocktails that we've crafted at the Tea Room featuring this product and those recipes are included today.  We also serve it in a Hot Toddy or on a big rock just for sipping.

Applehattan Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Verdi Local Apple Cinnamon Whiskey
  • ½ oz. Cinzano Sweet Vermouth
  • Orange Zest and Cherry for garnish


  • Mix the liquid ingredients together and pour over ice in a rocks glass.  We use the big rocks at the Tea Room to reduce the ice melt.
  • Run the orange zest around the rim of the glass, then skewer it with a cherry for the garnish.


Apple Mule Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Verdi Local Apple Cinnamon Whiskey
  • ½ oz. Pure Lime Juice
  • 6 oz. Goslings Ginger Beer
  • Lime Wedge for garnish


  • Fill a copper cup or tall glass with ice and add all liquid ingredients. 
  • Squeeze the lime wedge into the cup and drop it in.  We now skewer the wedge to reduce touching the fruit when serving our customers.


Sip and enjoy both responsibly... Ciao!



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By Jo Petteruti, Mixologist and Owner, Jo's Stillwater Tea Room 



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