Raise a Glass to the Arts Community with BMD!
Cultural Cocktails had a successful second summer season in 2023! A celebration of our community and an entertaining way to spread the word about our world-class cultural scene, exceptional hospitality businesses and award-winning spirits, BMD’s Cultural Cocktails program featured a collection of 19 handcrafted recipes with a spin on classic cocktails.
Inspired by the Berkshire arts scene, these delicious cocktails were served at bars, restaurants and cultural institutions, and as the signature drink at summer events. In addition, BMD served Cultural Cocktails from the distillery’s outdoor cocktail bar in Sheffield.
Pioneering a craft cocktail movement as another way to experience the Berkshires, the Cultural Cocktails program has been engineered to unite and honor local partners and raise awareness of the Berkshires as an exceptional region for art, culture and handcrafted cocktails.
The Cultural Cocktails program was a true success because of our terrific hospitality community. Thank YOU for giving a sip about the arts in the Berkshires!
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Our Cultural Partners
Excitement From Our Cultural Partners
“The Colonial has been a cultural gem in the Berkshires for over a century. This majestic, historic theatre is well known and classic, much like the sophisticated cocktail known as the Cosmo. With sweet cranberry juice and a tang of lime and Cointreau complete with BMD’s Ice Glen Vodka, The Colonial Cosmo is a cocktail worthy of a standing ovation. We are excited to partner with Berkshire Mountain Distillers and hope you will join us in celebrating Berkshire Theatre Group and our upcoming centennial celebration. Cheers to 100 Years of Theatre!”The Barkeepers at Berkshire Theatre Group
“CATA is thrilled to partner with our longtime supporters Berkshire Mountain Distillers to introduce the CATA Ta-Da Cultural Cocktail! BMD knows how important it is for every person to have access to the arts— so they've cooked up a fabulous cocktail to celebrate the exuberance and artistry of the CATA community. Treat yourself to a tasty CATA Ta-Da — a creative twist on a Vesper with Greylock Gin and Ice Glen Vodka — then hop over to see the dazzling artwork created by CATA artists with disabilities in our Annual Art Show this summer at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown and the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield!”Chris WatfordCommunications Director for Community Access to the Arts
“Summer isn’t summer without an evening refreshment overlooking a beautiful landscape. We are delighted that our partners at BMD were able to capture the spirit of summer on our farm in this delicious cocktail. In true Shaker fashion, this recipe is designed with beautiful simplicity that stands the test of time. Tart, yet sweet, with a botanical garnish from the garden – this is Shakered Not Stirred.”Carolyn McDanielDirector of Communications and Marketing at Hancock Shaker Village
“The Red Lady was inspired by the words of Lady Macbeth: 'Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under't.’ We’re thrilled (and a little scared) to see The Red Lady become a signature Shakespearean cocktail! Relentless, blood-thirsty and ambitious, Lady Macbeth is not to be trifled with. However, Berkshire Mountain Distillers has taken the edge off of her biting personality with equally Elizabethan edible flowers and citrus flavors Will would call ‘Civil as an orange.’ Plus, they’re creating new partnerships in the Berkshires that are as important to our future as they are celebratory of the present. Cheers!”Jaclyn StevensonDirector of Marketing and Communications at Shakespeare & Company
“The Mahaiwe is delighted to partner with Berkshire Mountain Distillers’ Cultural Cocktails program, celebrating the arts in the region with good company and great spirits. Inspired by its illuminated namesake, the “Mahaiwe Marquee” is fresh and welcoming with citrus and berries complimenting Greylock Gin.”Janis MartinsonExecutive Director of the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
“We can’t think of a place that has been more uniquely blessed with greater beauty, cultural treasures, creativity and indomitable people than the Berkshires. Francine Clark and her husband, Sterling, fell in love with Williamstown at first sight and busily created the Clark Art Institute as a place where everyone could enjoy the exceptional gift of experiencing great art in a setting of profound natural beauty. More than 60 years later, her legacy is gilded by the honor of inspiring those crafty connoisseurs at Berkshire Mountain Distillers to create The Sweet Francine. Tinged with golden honey in honor of the busy bees who live on the museum’s rooftop and touched by a splash of tea worthy of any of the more than 300 teacups in our collection, we raise our glass to our very own savvy, stylish and sweet Francine Clark!”Vicki SaltzmanThe Clark’s Director of Communications
“Honors and toasts all around as Barrington Stage Company lovingly presents the Boydian Sip, named for our Founding Artistic Director Julianne Boyd. It's perfect timing for us, as we celebrate Julie's 28th and final season before she retires! Please join us in raising a glass to celebrate Julie's artistry and leadership – we're thrilled the glass will be full of Greylock Gin. As a pillar of our Berkshire cultural community, our Julie is known for speaking her mind, as you will after one of her namesake cocktails. Cheers!”Maggie LaMeeGeneral Manager of Barrington Stage
WHERE TO ORDER
Galas + Events
Berkshire International Film Festival
Norman Rockwell Museum Gala
Jacob’s Pillow Gala
Shakespeare & Company
Berkshire Botanical Garden ‘Fete de Fleurs’ Gala
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Gala
Naumkeag Garden Party
Barrington Stage Company Gala
Hancock Shaker Village Gala
Berkshire Theatre Group/Colonial Theatre
Bluebird & Co.
The Break Room at Greylock Works
* Berkshire Mountain Distillers will be serving Cultural Cocktails from their outdoor cocktail bar highlighting participating arts organizations through Labor Day.
The Red Lion Inn