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June 30, 2022

Cocktails with J Carver and Sweethaven Tonics on The Jason Show

What a complete blast we had visiting Waconia and learning more about the J Carver Distillery and Sweethaven Tonics made in New Ulm Minnesota.

J. Carver Distillery, a grain-to-glass distillery that makes unique spirits including vodka, gin, whiskey, bourbon, brandy and grappa. Gina Holman, one of the principals at the distillery has been in the business for over 30 years and is credited with helping to get Minnesota Liquor laws changed in the state so you can order a 750 ML bottle at your favorite Distillery. I podcasted with her early on as we talked about the distillery.

It was super fun to visit the distillery and see how things get made and that true expression of grain to glass comes through in their Runestone Rye Whiskey which was barreled alongside other whiskeys in their lineup in the barrel room that we got to tour. You could really smell the beautiful whiskey and the wood barrels mingling in that room. It was heaven.

Invited along for the visit was Leah Treleven from Sweethaven Tonics. I first heard about Leah from my other spirit friend Heather Manley from Crooked Water Spirits. I then had the opportunity to record a podcast with Leah for the Makers of Minnesota Podcast. Leah is a former 7th-grade teacher who was bored during the pandemic and whose family was missing her expert craft cocktails so she started making them at home and bottling them. It was not long before her passion project became a business and now Leah is working on building out a production facility at her home base in New Ulm Minnesota. Leah’s Tonics are steeped with real natural flavors and herbs and can elevate any cocktail.

Here are a few we tried that day:

Runestone Blueberry Bender

Runestone Blueberry Bender

Yield: 1 drink

This Blueberry whiskey drink is Summer in a glass with J Carver and Sweethaven Tonics

Ingredients

  • 2 oz J Carver Runestone Straight Rye
  • .5 oz Sweethaven Blueberry Mint Black Tea Tonic
  • 1 oz Soda Water

Instructions

    • Serve in a lowball glass over a large-format ice cube.
    • Garnish lemon peel and fresh mint.
    Gin Drop

    Gin Drop

    Yield: 1 drink

    The Gin Drop is an updated Lemon Drop made with J Carver Gin and Sweethaven Lemon, Basil, Lavender Tonic

    Ingredients

    • 2 oz J. Carver Gin
    • .75 oz Sweet Haven Lemon Basil Lavender Tonic

    Instructions

    • Shake the gin and tonic over ice and strain into a cocktail coupe.
    • Add 1 1/2 oz soda water. Garnish with a lemon peel and fresh basil.
    Save 15% with the code SWEET15 when you order your Sweethaven Tonics

     

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