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Clayton Distillery

Clayton Distillery

Homegrown, handcrafted In The Thousand Islands

Mike Aubertine grew up on his family’s dairy farm in nearby Cape Vincent where some of the grain for production is grown and stored. After attending college and becoming a New York State Registered Architect, he founded Aubertine and Currier Architects, Engineers & Land Surveyors, PLLC in Watertown, New York. In 2012, Mr. Aubertine sold most of his interest in the firm and with the assistance of his partners Roger Howard and Mike Ingerson, started the distillery. The project broke ground in July of 2012 and progressed rapidly until the grand opening in April of 2013. They produced vodka and unaged corn whisky during their first summer, neither of which were very good! Then after many, many, long, long, long days and nights of distilling, reading about distilling and talking to everyone they could about distilling they figured this thing out.
Clayton’s facility was built consistent with sustainable use in mind. Clayton Distillery utilizes LEED principles developed by the United States Green Building Council in the design and construction of the facility. The facility incorporates passive solar heating and cooling, a super insulated structure and energy efficient lighting and mechanical systems. In addition, waste heat from the distilling process is used to heat most of the building and provide for all domestic hot water needs. They also recycle the by-products from the distilling process (stillage). The stillage consists of grain and water left in the still after the alcohol has been stripped out. They pump this into tanks provided by local farmers who use it for animal feed.
All of their products begin on their fifth generation family farm in Cape Vincent, New York. The four hundred acre farm was an active dairy farm until 2006 and is now used for growing corn, rye, and alfalfa. They also purchase corn from Gracie Farms in Watertown, New York and wheat from Robbins Family Farm in Sackets Harbor, New York. Malted barley is purchased from Pioneer Malting in Rochester, New York and through a brewers supply group. Today, their 100% corn mash, 190 proof grain alcohol that is the base for most of their products is as clean and smooth as anything you can find on the market. Additionally, they have perfected their New York Straight Bourbon Whisky. Soon, it will be their best selling product and is just plain fun to make. Stay tuned, they are always working on new and exciting products!

Admiral's Raspberry Lemonade


Ingredients:
  • 0.5 oz. Limoncello
  • 1 oz. Admiral’s Berry Vodka
  • 4 oz. Simply Lemonade
  • Fresh Lemon Slices and Raspberries (for garnish)
  • Splash Raspberry Liqueur
Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a Clayton Distillery 16oz Tervis glass and stir. Garnish with lemon and raspberry.

Apple Freighter


Ingredients:
  • 1.5 oz. Apple Pie Shine 101
  • 2 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • 4 oz. Ginger Ale
  • Lime Slice (for garnish)
Directions:
Add ice to a Clayton Distillery 16oz Hooch Jar. Add next three ingredients and stir lightly. Garnish with fresh lime.

Wave Runner


Ingredients:
  • 0.5 oz. Blue Curacao
  • 1 oz. Sweet & Sour mix
  • 1 oz. Two Dog Moonshine
  • 6 oz. Lemon-Lime Soda
  • Maraschino Cherries (for garnish)
Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a Clayton Distillery 16oz hooch jar filled with ice. Stir and garnish with maraschino cherries.

The Cherry Islander


Ingredients:
  • 0.5 oz. Grenadine
  • 1 oz. Flagship Vodka
  • 2 oz. Cherry Shine 5050
  • 2 oz. Unsweetened Ice Tea
  • Maraschino Cherries (for garnish)
Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a Clayton Distillery 14oz rocks glass filled with ice. Stir and garnish with cherries.

The Cruiser


Ingredients:
  • 0.75 oz. Cherry Shine 5050
  • 0.75 oz. NY Straight Bourbon
  • 3 oz. Ginger Ale
  • Maraschino Cherry (for garnish)
Directions:
Fill a Clayton Distillery 9oz square rocks glass with ice. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

Beacon's Light


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Flagship Vodka
  • 1 tsp. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 3 oz. Sprite
  • 4 blackberries
  • Ice
  • Lime wedge for garnish
Directions:
Muddle blackberries in bottom of Clayton Distillery 9oz square rocks glass. Add vodka, lime juice, sugar, and stir. Add ice to glass and top off with Sprite. Stir slightly and garnish with lime.

Overhaul Orange Mimosa


Ingredients:
  • 0.5 oz. Orangecello
  • 0.75 oz. Flagship Vodka
  • 1 oz. Simply Orange Juice
  • 4 oz. Cold Champagne or sparkling wine
  • Orange Zest (for garnish)
Directions:
Mix the vodka, Orangecello, orange juice and champagne in a champagne flute, stir lightly. Garnish with orange zest.

Raspberry Regatta Lemonade


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Club Soda
  • 1 oz. Flagship Vodka
  • 1 oz. Raspberry Liqueur
  • 4 oz. Simply Lemonade
  • Fresh Lime Wedge (for garnish)
Directions:
Fill a Clayton Distillery 16oz Tervis cup with ice. Pour in Raspberry Liqueur, vodka, lemonade, club soda and stir lightly. Garnish with fresh lime.

The Berry Beach


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Flagship Vodka
  • 2 oz. Raspberry Liqueur
  • 3 oz. Unsweetened Ice Tea
  • 6 Blackberries
Directions:
Muddle 4 blackberries in bottom of a Clayton Distillery 14oz rocks glass. Add ice, vodka, liqueur, and tea. Stir and garnish with remaining blackberries.

Overboard Orange Wonder


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Flagship Vodka
  • 1 oz. Orangecello
  • ½ bottle Stewart’s Orange ‘n Cream Soda
  • 2 oz. Half and Half
  • Twisted Orange Zest (for garnish)
  • Whipped Cream
Directions:
Shake first four ingredients vigorously in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. The color of the drink will be a creamy, cloudy, orange wonder. Pour into a Martini Glass, add whipped cream and garnish with zest.

The Cherry Islander


Ingredients:
  • 0.5 oz. Grenadine
  • 1 oz. Flagship Vodka
  • 2 oz. Cherry Shine 5050
  • 2 oz. Unsweetened Ice Tea
  • Maraschino Cherries (for garnish)
Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a Clayton Distillery 14oz rocks glass filled with ice. Stir and garnish with cherries.

Rhubarbe Clipper Cosmo


Ingredients:
  • 1 Muddled Strawberry
  • 1 oz. Flagship Vodka
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • 3 oz. Rhubarbe Fraise Liqueur
  • Sliced Strawberry (for garnish)
Directions:
Muddle strawberry on the bottom of a Martini glass. Combine vodka, Rhubarbe Fraise, Triple Sec and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into martini glass and garnish with fresh strawberry.

Scuttlebutt Tea


Ingredients:
  • 1.5 oz. Lemonade Shine 5050
  • 1.5 oz. Limoncello
  • 4 oz. Unsweetened Ice Tea
  • Fresh Lemon Slices (for garnish)
Directions:
In a Clayton Distillery 16oz Tervis glass, combine all ingredients and stir well. Garnish with lemon slices.

Land Lubber Limoncello


Ingredients:
  • 1.5 oz. Limoncello
  • 2 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • 2 oz. Ginger Ale
  • Fresh Lemon Slices (for garnish)
Directions:
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the Limoncello, cranberry juice, ginger ale and shake well. Pour into a Martini glass filled with ice. Garnish with lemon.

Longboat Lemonade


Ingredients:
  • 0.5 oz. Club Soda
  • 0.5 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • 1 oz. Limoncello
  • 3 oz. Simply Lemonade
  • Lemon Wedge (for garnish)
Directions:
Add all ingredients except soda to a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a Clayton Distillery 14oz rocks glass filled with ice. Add soda and garnish with lemon.

Lemon Launch Martini


Ingredients:
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1.5 oz. Flagship Vodka
  • 1.5 oz. Limoncello
  • 2 oz. Sweet & Sour mix
  • Fresh Lemon Slices (for garnish)
Directions:
Combine vodka, Limoncello and sweet & sour mix in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake well. Swirl lemon around the rim of a Martini glass and dip rim in sugar. Strain mix into Martini glass and garnish with fresh lemon slice.

Admiral's Raspberry Lemonade


Ingredients:
  • 0.5 oz. Limoncello
  • 1 oz. Admiral’s Berry Vodka
  • 4 oz. Simply Lemonade
  • Fresh Lemon Slices and Raspberries (for garnish)
  • Splash Raspberry Liqueur
Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a Clayton Distillery 16oz Tervis glass and stir. Garnish with lemon and raspberry.

Scuttlebutt Tea


Ingredients:
  • 1.5 oz. Lemonade Shine 5050
  • 1.5 oz. Limoncello
  • 4 oz. Unsweetened Ice Tea
  • Fresh Lemon Slices (for garnish)
Directions:
In a Clayton Distillery 16oz Tervis glass, combine all ingredients and stir well. Garnish with lemon slices.

Maritime Gin


Ingredients:
  • 0.75 oz. Limoncello
  • 1 oz. Shoal Finder Gin
  • 5 oz. Sprite
  • Fresh Lemon Slices (for garnish)
Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a Clayton Distillery 14oz rocks glass and stir. Garnish with lemon slices.

Breakwater


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Amaretto
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 oz. NY Straight Bourbon
  • Maraschino Cherries (for garnish)
Directions:
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the bourbon, amaretto and lemon juice and shake well. Strain into a Clayton Distillery 9oz square rocks glass filled with ice and garnish with cherries.

The Cruiser


Ingredients:
  • 0.75 oz. Cherry Shine 5050
  • 0.75 oz. NY Straight Bourbon
  • 3 oz. Ginger Ale
  • Maraschino Cherry (for garnish)
Directions:
Fill a Clayton Distillery 9oz square rocks glass with ice. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

Outboard Orange Cosmo


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • 1 oz. Orangecello
  • 2 oz. Flagship Vodka
  • Orange Zest (for garnish)
Directions:
Combine vodka, orangecello and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and pour into a Martini glass. Garnish with orange zest.

Overhaul Orange Mimosa


Ingredients:
  • 0.5 oz. Orangecello
  • 0.75 oz. Flagship Vodka
  • 1 oz. Simply Orange Juice
  • 4 oz. Cold Champagne or Sparkling Wine
  • Orange Zest (for garnish)
Directions:
Mix the vodka, Orangecello, orange juice and champagne in a champagne flute, stir lightly. Garnish with orange zest.

Overboard Orange Wonder


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Flagship Vodka
  • 1 oz. Orangecello
  • ½ bottle Stewart’s Orange ‘n Cream Soda
  • 2 oz. Half and Half
  • Twisted Orange Zest (for garnish)
  • Whipped Cream
Directions:
Shake first four ingredients vigorously in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. The color of the drink will be a creamy, cloudy, orange wonder. Pour into a Martini Glass, add whipped cream and garnish with zest.

St. Lawrence Sunrise


Ingredients:
  • 1 Orange
  • 1 oz. Raspberry Liqueur
  • 4 oz. Sparkling White Wine or champagne, chilled
  • Fresh Raspberries (for garnish)
Directions:
Combine liqueur, wine or champagne and the juice of two fresh orange wedges in a fluted champagne glass. Garnish with an orange slice and fresh raspberries. Add ice if you like.

Raspberry Regatta Lemonade


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Club Soda
  • 1 oz. Flagship Vodka
  • 1 oz. Raspberry Liqueur
  • 4 oz. Simply Lemonade
  • Fresh Lime Wedge (for garnish)
Directions:
Fill a Clayton Distillery 16oz Tervis cup with ice. Pour in Raspberry Liqueur, vodka, lemonade, club soda and stir lightly. Garnish with fresh lime.

The Berry Beach


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Flagship Vodka
  • 2 oz. Raspberry Liqueur
  • 3 oz. Unsweetened Ice Tea
  • 6 Blackberries
Directions:

Island Breeze


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Flagship Vodka
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 oz. Raspberry Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • 2 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • Club soda
  • Fresh Lime Slices (for garnish)
Directions:
Add ice to a Clayton Distillery 14 oz rocks glass. Combine next 6 ingredients. Stir gently and garnish with fresh lime.

Royal Raspberry Punch


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • 1 oz. Raspberry Liqueur
  • 4 oz. Cold Champagne or sparkling wine
  • Raspberries and/or Blackberries (for garnish)
Directions:
Add Raspberry Liqueur, cranberry juice and champagne to a Martini glass and stir lightly. Add fresh raspberries and/or blackberries.

Captain Collins


Ingredients:
  • 1.5 oz. Rhubarbe Fraise Liqueur
  • 1.5 oz. Shoal Finder Gin
  • 2 oz. Club Soda
  • Lemon Wedge (for garnish)
Directions:
Fill a Clayton Distillery 9oz square rocks glass with ice. Add gin, Rhubarbe Fraise, club soda and stir gently. Garnish with fresh lemon.

Rhubarbe Clipper Cosmo


Ingredients:
  • 1 Muddled Strawberry
  • 1 oz. Flagship Vodka
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • 3 oz. Rhubarbe Fraise Liqueur
  • Sliced Strawberry (for garnish)
Directions:
Muddle strawberry on the bottom of a Martini glass. Combine vodka, Rhubarbe Fraise, Triple Sec and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into martini glass and garnish with fresh strawberry.

Maritime Gin


Ingredients:
  • 0.75 oz. Limoncello
  • 1 oz. Shoal Finder Gin
  • 5 oz. Sprite
  • Fresh Lemon Slices (for garnish)
Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a Clayton Distillery 14oz rocks glass and stir. Garnish with lemon slices.

Buoy Tipper


Ingredients:
  • 0.75 oz. Flagship Vodka
  • 0.75 oz. Orange Juice
  • 0.75 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 0.75 oz. Shoal Finder Gin
  • 1 oz. Coconut mix
  • 3 oz. Sprite
  • Orange Slice (for garnish)
Directions:
In a cocktail shaker combine ice and next five ingredients. Shake vigorously and pour into a Clayton Distillery 16oz Tervis glass filled with ice. Add Sprite and stir lightly. Garnish with fresh orange slice.

Thousand Island Iced Tea


Ingredients:
  • 0.5 oz. Flagship Vodka
  • 0.5 oz. Rum
  • 0.5 oz. Shoal Finder Gin
  • 0.5 oz. Tequila
  • 1 oz. Limoncello
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • ½-1 tsp Sugar
  • Fresh Lemon Slices (for garnish)
  • Unsweetened cold tea to top off the glass
Directions:
In a Clayton Distillery 16 oz. Tervis glass , combine all ingredients with ice and stir well. Garnish with lemon slices.

The First Mate


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Simply Lemonade
  • 1.5 oz. Shoal Finder Gin
  • 2 oz. Ginger Ale
  • Lemon Zest (for garnish)
Directions:
Fill a Clayton Distillery 9oz rocks glass with ice. Add gin, lemonade, ginger ale and stir lightly. Add lemon for garnish.

Captain Collins


Ingredients:
  • 1.5 oz. Rhubarbe Fraise Liqueur
  • 1.5 oz. Shoal Finder Gin
  • 2 oz. Club Soda
  • Lemon Wedge (for garnish)
Directions:
Fill a Clayton Distillery 9oz square rocks glass with ice. Add gin, Rhubarbe Fraise, club soda and stir gently. Garnish with fresh lemon.

Port of Call


Ingredients:
  • 0.5 oz. Blue Curacao
  • 1.5 oz. Shoal Finder Gin
  • 1.5 oz. Sweet & Sour mix
  • 3 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • Fresh Orange Slices (for garnish)
  • Splash of club soda
Directions:
Add ice to Clayton Distillery 14oz rocks glass. Combine all other ingredients and stir. Garnish with fresh orange slices.

Slipknot


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Peach Schnapps
  • 1.5 oz. Two Dog Moonshine
  • 3 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • 3 oz. Simply Orange Juice
  • Orange Slices (for garnish)
Directions:
Add ice to Clayton Distillery 16oz Tervis glass. Add moonshine, peach schnapps, orange juice and cranberry juice. Stir and add fresh orange slices.