Operating out of a renovated three bay garage in downtown Middleburg, Virginia, Mount Defiance combines history, engineering, chemistry, and innovation. Crafting an authentic, French-style absinthe, Mt. Defiance Absinthe incorporates locally-sourced grand wormwood, hyssop and lemon balm with aniseed from Spain and fennel doux from France to produce a superior quality spirit. Use it to wash your glass for a classic Sazerac or enjoy it served the traditional way over sugar cubes in their tasting room. Black currants for their Cassis Liqueur are sourced from New York’s Hudson Valley since Virginia is still under a ban on cultivating this traditional European fruit. The black currants are steeped for three months in high-proof alcohol, then sweetened with beet sugar before bottling. Mt. Defiance Cassis Liqueur won a silver medal in the 2017 American Craft Spirits Association annual competition. Use it in a Kir Royale alongside your favorite champagne or Virginia sparkling wine, or in any cocktail recipe calling for cassis.
Apricot kernels and almonds are the foundation of Mt. Defiance Amaretto. To this base, they add fourteen varieties of nuts, herbs, fruits and spices to produce a delicious after-dinner drink that’s enjoyable on the rocks or in an Amaretto Sour or your favorite amaretto cocktail. You can even use it for baking, like Virginia’s Red Truck Rural Bakery does in their gluten-free almond cake with amaretto. Visit the distillery to explore these and other Mt. Defiance products and watch their products being distilled. You can also use our website to locate a bottle in a Virginia ABC store near you or place an online order.