Local Spirits Highlight: Triple Sun Spirits


by Siobhan DeRemer

Late fall is officially here in the Lehigh Valley (my flannel is out in full form) and that's the signal to move the outdoor wine and beer drinking inside, or at least to your closest fire pit. And what better to throw in your glass as you warm up than a pour of some local booze? The Valley has a number to choose from, but we're throwing a spotlight on our friends at Triple Sun Spirits.

Paired with the mind and passion of former brewer Kristofer Kwant, the spirits at Triple Sun are created in-house with an authentic small-batch style, giving them character and utilizing an environmentally friendly process. Kwant's got his sights set on providing the Valley with not only top-notch artisanal spirits, but also a community business that involves other local makers in its process. So far, Triple Sun has partnered with Hardball Cider and Weyerbacher, with more to come in the future. Their location is also a hotspot in Emmaus, situated right next to Yergey Brewing Company, and host to delicious local food trucks and events of all kinds (including one of our favorites: Yoga Happy Hour). 

You can currently grab their Caribbean-style rum (light, dark, and golden), gin, apple brandy, corn whiskey, and stouted whiskey directly at the distillery, by ordering online, checking out some of the local establishments that serve Triple Sun spirits (House & Barn and Hardball Cider on Main are just a few), or browsing your local Wine & Spirits. The distillery also has a cocktail menu to rival some of the best bars in the area and it changes with the seasons. One of our favorites is apple brandy hot cider and since bourbon is on the schedule to be released in September 2018, we'll be back to try an Old Fashioned or ask for it neat and enjoy all the unadulterated flavors. 


For more info, to plan a visit, or to see what events are coming up, visit Triple Sun's site and follow them on social media (Instagram, Facebook). If you make a visit and love everything you drink and see, consider picking up some holiday gifts to share the Triple Sun love with friends and family.

The genius mixologists at this Emmaus distillery are jumping on the fall bandwagon and providing us with a recipe for their Pumpkin Spice Gin Sour. The name and directions are as basic as they come—not to mention delicious! Pick up a bottle of their gin and try it out.


Pumpkin Spice Gin Sour

2 oz Triple Sun Spirits Co. gin
Juice from half a lemon
1 Tbsp pumpkin puree
0.5 oz Monin Pumpkin Spice syrup
Dash of Fee Brothers Old Fashioned bitters
Pumpkin spices and rosemary, for garnish

Put first 5 ingredients in ice and shake for 1 minute; pour through strainer into coup glass. Then, garnish with pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and clove) and a sprig of rosemary.


Local Mixology Highlight: The Bookstore Speakeasy

By Siobhan DeRemer

Image courtesy of The Bookstore Speakeasy

Image courtesy of The Bookstore Speakeasy

Location: 336 Adams Street, Bethlehem / Tue - Sat 5pm - 2am

The South Side of Bethlehem is known for small unique shops, delicious and fresh restaurants, perhaps a bit of outlet shopping, and handcrafted cocktails. The last of these is perhaps best showcased in The Bookstore Speakeasy on the tiny side street with one of the most nondescript entrances in the Valley. This candlelit, exclusive space has some of the freshest cocktails (and cuisine) our area has to offer, not to mention amazing throwback Prohibition-era live music that will have you feeling like your drink should be outlawed.

The Bookstore’s attention to fresh housemade ingredients and inventive cocktail menu truly set it apart from the rest. All juices (with the exception of pineapple, and who can blame them, when's the last time you squeezed a pineapple?) are fresh squeezed in-house, and many options of bitters, whipped cream, chocolate mousse (yes, they use it in cocktails, too!), brandied cherries, and syrups are housemade as well. One of the newest additions to their healthier options is a simple syrup recipe that now uses turbinado sugar over the white granulated version. While there is some research out there that states raw and granulated sugar are about the same calorically, turbinado sugar is made from non-GMO ingredients, while much of granulated sugar is not. Also, turbinado sugar has a much richer taste (thanks to the molasses, yum), meaning you may feel satisfied by fewer drinks than packing on the processed kind. Bartenders on staff are also super prepared for your allergies, too, with the ability to make a gluten-free cocktail (just for you, celiac sufferers!) that’s miles ahead of a simple gin & tonic. With most cocktails listed online, you can pick your favorite (and browse their extensive beer and wine lists) before you hit up the Speakeasy, or you can go bold by asking the bartender to make his/her own choice based on your taste (my favorite thing to say when ordering these is “something refreshing, light, and not too sweet”––and be sure to let them know what you don’t like, too!). Pro tip: Be sure to try and either call ahead or make reservations; it gets booked up super fast! Either way, you’re guaranteed to have a fresh, lively, and delicious time––and be sure to tell them that Live Well Lehigh Valley sent you!

Fresh from the menu, the genius minds behind The Bookstore’s cocktail menu have allowed us to share two inspired cocktail recipes with you. You can attempt these on your own at home, but be sure to go and check out their take on these and even more!

(For your measuring purposes, the small end of a jigger is 0.75 oz and the large end is 1.25 oz.)  

Image courtesy of The Bookstore Speakeasy

Image courtesy of The Bookstore Speakeasy

Arizonan #2

1.75 oz Gin
0.75 oz St. Germaine Elderflower Liquor
0.5 oz Domain de Canton
0.5 oz fresh Lemon juice
0.5 oz simple syrup
Muddled cucumber slice and fresh peeled ginger root 

Muddle cucumber slice and ginger root, combine all ingredients in a martinis shaker and pour over block of ice. Garnish with lemon twist. 


Image courtesy of The Bookstore Speakeasy

Image courtesy of The Bookstore Speakeasy



Grimm's Apple Cider

1 oz apple cider
1 oz Sailor Jerry rum
0.5 oz St. Germain elderflower liquor
0.25 oz St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
Top off with Wyndridge "Crafty cider" (local PA cider)

Combine all ingredients in fluted glass and top off with cider. Garnish with lemon wheel and cinnamon stick.