Considering I regularly use the hashtag #alwaysbecelebrating and work in the events industry, you know I’m the type always ready for a social gathering. But even less than a third of the way through December, I craved something more chill, more kicked-back and more relaxed then the holiday soirees I had been to already this month. Thankfully, fellow CLE blogger Charity from i heart cleveland had just the shindig planned — and perfectly scheduled with the perfect beverage and food pairings.
My mom and I joined Charity and other local influencers at The Black Pig last night to get to know Watershed Distillery, a beverage company “committed to producing small batches of artisan-quality spirits” here in the Buckeye State. While they are based in Columbus, they’ve been spending time spreading the good news about their products in the Cleveland and Cincinnati markets recently. While Watershead produces items like vodka, gin and bourbon, they just released a new mix — an Old Fashioned, that we had the pleasure of being welcomed with as we arrived at the restaurant.
I’ll admit — the blend of their bourbon, orange, bitters, cane sugar and cherry juice went down easy. Almost too easy! What a sipper we all enjoyed as we nibbled on The Black Pig’s food offerings, caught up with familiar faces and got to know the Watershed team better.
I take for granted that I was an early Watershed Distillery adopter, so getting to reconnect with co-founder Dave Rigo was a special treat of the evening for me. The company kindly supported some of my previous food and wine events right after their founding in 2010, so I’ve known about their high quality spirits for awhile now. I’m sure their gin was the first I ever had (after a long day of event coordinating on May day a few years back!) and it’s one I always keep in mind when purchasing for Hans’ at-home cocktail cravings.
After a night full of beverages, tasty cuisine, party games (such a nice touch, Charity!!) and presents to take home, we left with more than a bottle of Watershed’s Old Fashioned and a tray to make adorable, heart-shaped ice cubed. That sense of contentment after a few warming beverages and the opportunity to catch up with old friends is always at the top of my to-do list — and one of my favorite things to celebrate.
Want to get to know Watershed better? Visit them at watersheddistillery.com, like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and Instagram… and order their offerings next time you’re out at your favorite restaurant or bar!
Need some holiday cocktail inspiration? Watershed’s website has a whole cocktail recipe section to mix up your routine.
Disclosure: I was invited to this Watershed Distillery influencers event at The Black Pig. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.