January 2021 This may not be the most conventional Valentine’s Day in our lifetimes—thanks to COVID-19—but it doesn’t have to be unmemorable or lacking in zest! Luckily, our friends at Alchemy Spirit House have created some delectable libations and debuted a couple of new selections to set the mood and give us reasons to toast! Zionsville’s First Microdistillery If you haven’t yet made the acquaintance of Mark Nigbur, founder and owner of Alchemy Spirit House, he is a bit of a “rock star” in the distilling industry and has built a solid reputation—nationwide—for his brands over the years. In my story that was featured in Zionsville Monthly the fall of 2019, I introduced Nigbur, his wife, Laurie, and their young son, Harrison. The Nigburs relocated to Zionsville from Maui to open Alchemy Spirit House. Located on South Main Street in Zionsville, Indiana is a working microdistillery showcasing an intimate, 30-seat tasting room with an industrial speakeasy atmosphere. One master distiller, one distiller/mixologist and one tasting room director collaborate to serve tasting flights and classically inspired one-off cocktails crafted exclusively with Alchemy’s innovative distilled spirits. Since Alchemy’s official opening in 2020, Nigbur and his innovative staff have been delighting their customers throughout the pandemic—both in-house and throughout surrounding communities—with their impressive collection of incomparable sprits and the Alchemy Fresh at Home cocktail kits. These kits consist of one of Alchemy’s microdistilled spirits, additional ingredients and easy instructions on how to create the specific cocktail, all of which can be ordered in-house or over the phone. Candy Is Nice but Alchemy’s Craft Cocktails Are Sweeter! Let’s face it, times have been tough and more than a little underwhelming. Why not make this Feb. 14 a little (or a lot) better—depending on how you pour—by ordering one of Alchemy’s specialty craft cocktails, available only on Valentine’s Day! “We will be featuring a Godiva Chocolate Martini with an Ovaltine rim, in-house, on Valentine’s Day,” Nigbur shared. “Our beautiful Cotton Candy Lemon Drop will be available only to go on Valentine’s Day, and the Alchemy Fresh at Home for the month of February will be a whiskey sour and an old-fashioned .” Fresh Out of the Barrel Adding to an already impressive lineup, Alchemy has recently released its Alchemy Spirit House Reposado Agave Spirit No. 9 and the highly anticipated Alchemy Spirit House American Blended Whiskey single barrel. Zionsville’s first and ONLY tequilas are made from weber blue agave from Jalisco, Mexico. While perfect foundations for a margarita, both of Alchemy’s tequilas can be enjoyed neat. “The tequila is an 11-year-old weber blue agave that we ferment, distill and bottle in-house,” Nigbur explained. “Our Blanco is unaged, and our Reposado is aged for three months in French oak. They’re distilled the way tequila was distilled 50 years ago. The Blanco starts out sweet and ends spicey, and the Reposado starts out sweet and ends with spice and a hint of smoke.” Nigbur continued, “The new whiskey is an American blended whisky. It’s an 8- to 9-year-old George Dickel Whiskey from Tennessee. We blend it with our distillate that we have aging, and then we bottle it.” So, step up your game this Valentine’s Day and place your pickup orders or enjoy the evening in-person at Alchemy Spirit House. And indulge yourselves with Zionsville’s best microdistilled spirits! All Alchemy Fresh at Home cocktail kits orders must be placed by 10 p.m. the night before the designated pickup day. Call (317) 600-1858 to place your orders. Visit Alchemy Sprit House online at alchemymicrodistillery.com for hours of operation and additional information.