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Learn how to choose and enjoy authentic Slow Spirits and create fantastic cocktails at home from the team at Dry Land Distillers. You’ll go on a virtual stroll through an award-winning craft distillery as they mash, ferment, and distill ancient grains and native ingredients in the heart of Longmont, Colorado. Their alchemist and mixology teams will teach you how to use local ingredients and Slow Spirits to craft two of their signature cocktails. This session introduces us to Slow Spirits, an often overlooked — but tasty! — part of the Slow Food movement.

Dry Land Distillers crafts all their spirits right on-site using heirloom grains, local ingredients, and a whole lot of dedication. They are the first and only distiller in the country to create a single grain 100% wheat whiskey from White Sonora, considered by many to be the oldest wheat in North America. Their Cactus spirit is an original spirit crafted from native prickly pear cactus, which creates a rich, smoky spirit similar to small-batch mezcal. Their alchemist and mixology teams are considered some of the top artisans in Colorado, crafting handmade bitters, cocktail mixers and syrups for their in-house cocktail program.


  • 1 bottle Dry Land Cactus Spirit (or a small batch smoked spirit, like a mezcal)
  • Ginger beer (one that is on the spicier side – more gingery than sweet)
  • 1 small cucumber
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Agave nectar
  • Chili powder (for garnish)
  • Lime and cucumber for garnish
  • 1 bottle of Dry Land Heirloom Wheat Whiskey or your favorite single grain local craft whiskey
  • Fresh egg whites (or 1 oz. aqua faba)
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Citrus bitters
  • Simple syrup
  • 1 organic orange (for garnish)
  • Luxardo cocktail cherry (or similar) or a fresh cherry for garnish

Bar Tools

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Hawthorne strainer
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Muddler (or mortar and pestle)
  • Ice
  • Glassware (suggested: small and large rocks glass)