St. Croix Grappa

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St. Croix Grappa


ABV: 44.5%
AVAILABILITY: 375ml Bottles at the Brewstillery

Grappa is made by distilling the skins (i.e., the pomace) left over from winemaking after pressing the grapes. It was originally made to prevent waste by using these leftovers.

Grappa made in Minnesota? Why not! Bent Brewstillery and Saint Croix Vineyards have teamed up to produce a truly Minnesotan Grappa. Frontenac Gris, La Crescent, and Marquette are gold medal winning grapes developed by Minnesotan, Peter Hemstad, while a scientist at the University of Minnesota. At Bent Brewstillery, we up-cycle the by-product of wine production, spontaneously fermented by the yeast from the vineyard, into an elegant and delicately warming aperitif. Aromas of apricot, pear, and nectarine give way to a warming, racy, white grape finish. Sweet. Fruity.

Traditionally, Grappa is served, either at room temperature or chilled, in small glasses and served after the meal as a digestivo or after-dinner drink, as the Italians believe that it aids digestion. Correctly, Grappa should be swirled gently in the glass and then brought to your nose, before tasting. It is then tasted in small sips. In Italy, Grappa is also added to espresso to make a “Caffè Corretto,” a popular after-dinner concoction.

Grappa Cocktail Recipes

Grappa Old Fashioned

1 1/2 oz. St. Croix Grappa
3/4 oz. Simple Syrup
1 1/3 Orange Wheel
1 Maraschino Cherry
3 dashes Orange Bitters

Glass: Old Fashioned
Garnish: Muddled Orange and Maraschino Cherry

Instructions: Muddle orange, Maraschino cherry, and simple syrup in glass. Fill with ice and add Grappa. Stir to mix, dash with orange bitters, and splash with soda water.


1 1/2 oz. St. Croix Grappa
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
5 oz. San Pellegrino Limonata

Glass: Margarita
Garnish: Lime Wheel

Instructions: Rim glass with lime juice and coarse salt. Fill glass with ice, add Grappa and fresh lime juice, fill with San Pellegrino Limonata, and garnish with lime wheel.

Grappa with No Soul

1 1/2 oz. St. Croix Grappa
6 oz. Ginger Ale

Glass: Highball
Garnish: Lime Wedge

Instructions: Fill highball glass with ice. Add Grappa, fill with the ginger ale, squeeze a lime and drop it into the glass. Soul or not, you’ll still love it!