The crème de la crème of local craft distilling gathered in Lafayette Square Park last weekend to showcase their spirits for the first annual St. Louis Cocktail Classic Party.

The event attracted a big and thirsty crowd eager to learn about – and taste - the newest spirits coming out of the region. By purchasing tasting tickets, guests were able to sample spirits of their choosing, while supporting The Arts Council of Lafayette Square, which proceeds from the event benefited.

Sampling at the event included everything from whiskey and gin to vodka and flavored liquors. The local distillers had a variety of spirits, each mixed into a classic cocktail of sorts.

Represented were:

  • Mastermind Vodka
  • Crown Valley Distilling
  • StilL 630
  • Pinckney Bend
  • The Big O
  • St. Louis Distillery’s Cardinal Sin Artisan Vodka
  • Spirits of St. Louis, distilled and bottled by Square One Brewery & Distillery (also the festival organizer)

Each offered classics like the Bloody Mary, Sangria, a Tom Collins, punches and other various concoctions, with a wide variety on hand for diverse tastes.

Less of a “competition” and more of a showcasing of spirits, many of the distilleries joined forces and featured one another’s products in the signature cocktails, like The Big O and Cardinal Sin Vodka.

Along with sampling their current products, a couple of the distilleries, most between 1 and 3 years old, highlighted newly released spirits. Just under a year old, Pinckeny Gin launched their second spirit - a vodka - and the company is working on a sweet mash Missouri Whiskey expected to be out in two years. Adding to their already extensive list of spirits, Square One introduced a Hopskey and a Missouri Rye Whiskey to their Spirits of St. Louis.

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