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).

One of my favorite restaurants Lucas Local Oyster Bar uses Litchfield's spirits in several cocktails. I took Chef Brett's advice and tried their seasonal special drink called "Where's the Rhubarb?" I've had it a few times and loved it so much, I asked for the recipe so I could enjoy it with my Litchfield's stash at home. And, dear listeners, I'm sharing it with you:

  • 2 oz. Litchfield's strawberry vodka
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • Muddled strawberry and fresh basil

Shake all ingredients and top with club soda and a strawberry garnish. Tastes like late summer with the "spirit of hard work," the spirit that is infused in all of Litchfield Distillery's products.

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"From sourcing the finest grains and fruit we can find to employing a slow distillation process, you’ll find us with our sleeves rolled up making sure every detail is just right," the Baker brothers say. "We hand dip each bottle in wax and hand sign every label to demonstrate our commitment to small-batch craftsmanship."

They even 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. Check out what I saw when I recently visited the distillery myself — unlike so many breweries that feel really industrial, this was like being in a private library or home:

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