Don’t tell everyone, but nestled amongst Naramata’s eclectic mix of wineries lies a little known distillery where premium spirits are hand-crafted with locally sourced botanicals to produce top shelf vodka and gin.
Legend Distilling was inspired by the local tall tales of the prohibition days in Naramata. The distillery was once a doctor’s office where locals could source a ‘prescription’ to keep the prohibition blues at bay.
Locals still pop in to the Lounge at Legend Distilling for a pick me up, but these days the home-brewed remedies are finely crafted under the care of owners Dawn and Doug Lennie. The Lennie’s are keeping the liquor legend alive, while taking it into the 21st century with a delicious menu of refreshing cocktails, along with a carefully curated selection of Naramata wines, ciders and craft beers.
Summer cocktails are creatively mixed to let the subtlety of the botanicals in the artisanal spirits complement flavors of citrus and local fruits–truly a prescription to pick up the palate. Grab your glass and relax on the patio where you can watch the sunset over a magnificent view of the lake.
The Legend Lounge is open seven days a week with live music most Wednesdays and Saturdays. Smuggler’s Smokehouse at Legend Lounge is open daily for lunch and dinner. The Smokehouse menu changes seasonally to provide the best of fresh local produce.
Check into legenddistilling.com to find inspiring cocktail recipes and learn more about what’s going on at Legend.
~ Henrietta Poirier

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