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Ridge Runner Distillery

Ridge Runner Distillery

Built from the ground up to instill perfection in our products

Located in the seat of the whiskey rebellion, the Laurel Highland's, Ridge Runner’s Distillery was built from the ground up to ensure perfection in their products. Ridge Runner Distillery’s products have a distinct flavor that differentiates them from the competition. Once you taste Ridge Runner, you will never forget it. The owner, Christian W. Klay, got his feet wet as a second generation winemaker, learning to grow grapes, make, and sell wine from his mother, Sharon. While she managed to instill a deep appreciation for wine and the way it’s made, Christian's real passion was good whiskey. After a lot of research on his favorite beverage, Christian was ready to make his passion a reality, and Ridge Runner Distillery was born.
The distillery is a great extension of their winemaking background, allowing them to make grape-based liquors, such as Grappa and Brandy. By using grapes grown right across the street, Ridge Runner Distillery has the rare ability to give its products the care needed to make truly original liquors in a process that they control, from the harvest to the moment a bottle goes out the door. That same care goes into crafting everything from their vodka, to their un-aged moonshine made from grain, and eventually their whiskey aged in fresh Pennsylvania oak barrels. Ridge Runner Distillery offers not just a taste of southwest Pennsylvania, but a taste of the history of a region suppressed for nearly a century. From the heart of the whiskey rebellion, through the Ridge Runners of prohibition, to the micro distillery renaissance currently sweeping the country, Ridge Runner Distillery retains the spirit of daring ingenuity that distillers had 200 years ago and infuses it into the spirits they make today.

Grasshopper Martini


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. creme de cacao
  • 1 oz. creme de menthe
  • 1 oz. Ridge Runner Vodka
  • 1 tsp. chocolate shavings, for garnish
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Milk
Directions:
Take martini glass and swirl chocolate syrup all in glass. In shaker: add vodka, creme de menthe, creme de cacao, milk and ice together. Strain out into martini glass and take 1 tsp of chocolate shavings and drizzle it on top of the glass.

Banana Cream Pie


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. banana liqueur
  • 1 oz. creme de cacao
  • 1 oz. Ridge Runner Vodka
  • Cinnamon, for garnish
  • Milk
Directions:
In shaker: add ice, vodka, banana liqueur, creme de cacao, milk and ice. Strain out drink into a rocks glass and sprinkle some cinnamon on top.

Gummy Explosion


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Ridge Runner Vodka
  • 1/2 can of pineapple juice (more if necessary)
  • 1/2 oz. sours
  • 1/2 tsp. of grenadine
  • Gummy worms or bears
Directions:
In shaker: add ice, vodka, sours, and pineapple juice. Add ice to a highball glass. Strain drink out to glass. Add grenadine and gummy worms/bears on top.

Jolly Rancher


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Apple Schnapps
  • 1 oz. Ridge Runner Vodka
  • 1 oz. sours
  • 7UP
Directions:
In shaker: add ice, vodka, apple shnapps, sours, and soda. Add ice to a highball glass. Strain drink out to glass. Add more soda if necessary.

Moscow Mule


Ingredients:
  • 1.5 oz. Ridge Runner Vodka
  • 1/2 tsp. lime juice
  • 12 oz. ginger beer
Directions:
In copper mug, add ice, vodka, ginger beer and lime juice. Stir all together. Garnish with lime wedge if desired.