Already known for its wine and craft beer scene, New Mexico is making a name for itself as a unique hotspot for spirits, too. You’ll find distilleries in this state that rely on local ingredients, as well as those that take advantage of flavors and ingredients from our state’s namesake to the south. Yet one more reason why New Mexico is known as the Land of Enchantment.
Here are a few of our favorites.
Just north of Bernalillo and less than 20 miles away, this distillery is all about the art of handcrafted spirits. They rely on local ingredients like piñon, juniper, and blue corn, and use traditional pot stills in their production process. Visit their tasting room for a sip of Miel, their honey-flavored whiskey, Enebro, a juniper liqueur made from sugarcane gin, or Claro, their distilled corn vodka.
Broken Trail Spirits & Brew
Formerly known as Distillery 365 (after the trail that runs along the foothills of the Sandia Mountains), Broken Trail Spirits & Brew has made a name for itself in the Albuquerque community. For Broken Trail, it’s all about the bigger picture – the “spirit” of New Mexico – and they want community members to feel at home dropping by and finding that spirit. They use local ingredients in their brews and spirits to celebrate New Mexico and all its unique and bold flavors. You’ll taste their love of this state with every sip of Bull of the Woods Gin, Holy Ghost Vodka, Tres Pistolas Bourbon, and Horsethief Rum.
Next time you head out for a weekend in Taos, take a pit stop in Alcalde, where you’ll find one of New Mexico’s best distilleries. Known for being surprisingly complex and polished, KGB’s products feature subtly layered and distinctive flavors that reflect the richness and diversity of the region. Hacienda Gin is a local favorite, with a light combination of flavors like orange peel, cloves, lemon and lime, star anise, black pepper, pine, and mint.
Though this isn’t a distillery you can visit, you can order this incredible and distinctly regional spirit at a number of restaurants in Santa Fe and a few others around the state. You can check where to find it on their website.
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