Discover Long Island Distillery Tasting Rooms


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Long Island has long been known for its vineyards and wineries, in addition to a growing brewery culture. Many establishments offer patrons the opportunity to sip and sample, whether they make a day out of tasting or want to make a purchase for later. While Long Islanders may enjoy homegrown wine and beer, distilleries are less abundant but equally important to local culture. Check out four places where visitors can taste distilled spirits on Long Island.

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Long Island Spirits, Baiting Hollow

Founded in 2007, Long Island Spirits is the first craft distillery on Long Island since the 1800s. Visitors can sip flights of 3 spirits for $11. Think LiV Potato Vodka, Deepwells Botanical Dry Gin and Sorbetta Liqueurs in lemon, lime, strawberry, pumpkin pie and watermelon. Try barrel-aged tastings with a choice of three whiskeys, including its Rough Rider and Pine Barrens labels. Craft cocktails are also available for purchase. Pencil in a visit to the tasting room, which is open Sunday through Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday 10am to 8pm. Phone: 631-630-9322 | Address: 2182 Sound Avenue Click to go

Twin Stills Moonshine, Riverhead

Honey, apple pie, coffee, chocolate, mixed berry and strawberry moonshine are among the flavors visitors will find at Twin Stills Moonshine. Have a shot of shine for $4, a tasting of 3 for $9 or shine on the rocks for $8. The place also serves beer, and mixed cocktails for $7-9. Flavored moonshine is $20 per bottle or $25 per bottle for 100 proof. Come by during the spring Thursday and Friday from 2 to 6pm, and weekends 12 to 6pm. Phone: 631-779-3199 | Address: 5506 Sound Avenue Click to go

Channing Daughters Winery, Bridgehampton

Though not quite a distillery, Channing Daughters Winery produces more than good wine. In its lineup are six variations of VerVino Vermouth, each with a wine base like Sauvignon Blanc, Mosaico white wine blend, Petit Verdot and rosé with added botanicals to create a vermouth for every season. Tastings vary in the winery and are $18 per person or $20 per person for groups with an appointment. Phone: 631-537-7224 | Address: 1927 Scuttlehole Road Click to go

Shinn Estate Vineyards, Cutchogue

In addition to several varietals and blends in stock, Shinn Estate Vineyards produces Eau de Vie, a young brandy double distilled in a copper alembic still and briefly aged in Cabernet Franc barrels. Shinn Shine is a grappa produced from Chardonnay lees in the still. Bottles are $24 and $47, respectively. When planning a visit, keep in mind the tasting room is open Sunday through Thursday from 10:30am to 5pm, and Friday and Saturday from 10:30am to 7pm. Phone: 631-804-0367 | Address: 2000 Oregon Road Click to go