I'm a huge fan of Litchfield Distillery's spirits. Brothers Jack, David and Peter Baker use corn and rye from Lion Rock Farm in Sharon to slowly distill smooth, aromatic bourbon, vodka and gins — on top of ready-to-drink canned spiked lemonade and their signature The Litchfielder (made from their award- winning Straight Bourbon Whiskey, maple syrup and lemon juice).

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Of course, it's nice to mix up something a little bit different when the temperatures drop and we start celebrating the holidays. If you're thinking of gifts, Litchfield Distillery's holiday release this year is a 10.5-Year Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey.

"This bourbon drinks exceptionally smooth, even at a higher 108 proof," according to Litchfield Distillery's website. "The powerful nose is only a hint of the lush caramel and vanilla notes that will follow on the palette. Each sip reveals nuanced flavors of brown spices, toasted oak and butterscotch."

They also have a variety of flavored vodka and bourbon. Here are my favorite holiday cocktails to make with them.

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CranApple Vodka Martini

  • 2 oz Batchers’ Apple Vodka
  • 1 oz Sour Apple Schnapps
  • Splash of cranberry juice
  • Garnish with apple slice and cinnamon stick

Espresso Martini

  • 2 oz. Batchers’ Vodka
  • 0.5 oz. Coffee Liqueur
  • 0.5 oz. Simple Syrup (equal parts warm water & sugar, stir until sugar has dissolved)
  • Shot of chilled Espresso

Spicy Peach Sipper

  • 2.0 oz. Litchfield Distillery Peach Vodka
  • .50 oz. St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
  • .75 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
  • .25 oz Simple Syrup
  • Tonic Water

Be sure to click through the Litchfield's website for complete instructions and more cocktail recipes. And don't forget: They offer tours and tastings at the distillery from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, with tours starting on the hour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Don't forget to shop their distillery store that is filled with great gift ideas for the upcoming holidays -- everything from shirts, jackets, hats, glasses, signs, and much more!