Summer Reserve

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When life gives you gin-soaked blueberries… you make Summer Reserve!

Summer Reserve is a barrel-rested premium herbal spirit made from gin-infused wild Maine blueberries and local honey. After we finish making our blueberry-infused Summer Gin, we’re left with several hundred pounds of gin-soaked blueberries that were strained out of the gin. Since we don’t like to waste, we decided to make a liqueur out of these blueberries.

To make Summer Reserve, we press blueberries like grapes and let the resulting liqueur mellow in barrels for months. It’s then proofed down and lightly sweetened with locally sourced honey from Merrimack Valley Apiaries. The result is a complex spirit leading with notes of bittersweet blueberries, spiced oak, honey, and savory herbs.

Summer Reserve makes a great summer sipper, or you can easily mix it up with soda water and a lemon for a flavorful refresher at home. Scroll down for some cocktail recipes.

Support Local
The wild Maine blueberries used to make Summer Reserve are sourced from Blue Sky Produce, who pick their blueberries from 8 different small growers around Maine. As Blue Sky quotes, “supporting small growers enables them to stay in business and to continue being good stewards of their land.”

The honey used to lightly sweeten Summer Reserve is sourced from Merrimack Valley Apiaries, which is a family farm that has been operating for more than 50 years, with experience covering three generations. Each year their farm produces over one million pounds of raw honey. We’re so happy to be able to incorporate this high quality, locally made ingredient into our spirits.

Where to find it
This spirit is a distillery-only product which means it can only be found at our headquarters in Everett. Bottles can be purchased directly through our online shop and picked up anytime within regular business hours. Unfortunately we’re unable to ship spirits at this time.

Cocktail Recipes
Let’s Drink!

Maine Lemondrop
• 2oz Short Path Distillery Summer Reserve
• 1/2oz Short Path Distillery Triple Sec
• 1oz Lemon
• 1/2oz Simple Syrup

Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice and shake. Double strain into a martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Everett Fashioned
• 2oz Short Path Distillery Peated Whiskey or Scotch
• 1/2oz Short Path Distillery Summer Reserve
• 1/4oz Simple Syrup
• 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
• 2 Dashes Orange Bitters

Stir all ingredients over ice and strain into a rocks glass filled with one large ice cube. Garnish with an orange peel expressed over the rim of the glass.

Summer Spritz
• 2oz Short Path Distillery Summer Reserve
• 3oz Prosecco
• Splash of Fever Tree Club Soda

Add all ingredients to a an ice-filled glass and stir to combine. Garnish with a lemon wheel. Cheers!

Availability: Summer Seasonal
Volume: 750ml
ABV: 30
Proof: 60
Bird: Eastern Bluebird