Black Button Distilling to launch Lilac Gin

Rochester, N.Y.’s Black Button Distilling will launch its hand-crafted, limited-edition Lilac Gin on Friday, May 12, to commemorate the first day of Rochester’s annual Lilac Festival and mark the start of the spring season.

lilacginThis is the third straight spring that Black Button has released Lilac Gin, following the success of the first limited edition Lilac Gin release in 2015. The inaugural run of 600 bottles of the gin, which pays tribute to Rochester’s botanical heritage as “The Flower City,” sold out in just 10 days. This year, Black Button Distilling has made nearly 4,000 bottles of Lilac Gin. They will be delivered to more than 100 accounts across three states.

“Lilac Gin showcases our unique ability to create small batch seasonal spirits that are unique to our region,” says Jason Barrett, Black Button Distilling owner/head distiller. “We have received overwhelming feedback from accounts all over the country about our Lilac Gin, and if we could produce it year round, we would. But we have to use the flowers at the peak of their bloom—which we can’t do all year.”

Lilac Gin, made from locally sourced ingredients, is also a nod to the flour mills of old, which gave rise to the local distilling industry. Crafting a gin with flower petals, the distillers say, is a painstaking process that results in a soft subtle flavor and a smooth, easy to drink gin

About Jeff Cioletti

I’m Jeff Cioletti and The Drinkable Globe marries my two greatest passions: fine drink and travel. The search for the former usually drives the latter. I'm the author of The Drinkable Globe, Beer FAQ and The Year of Drinking Adventurously. I'm the former editor-in-chief of Beverage World magazine and a regular contributor to publications such as SevenFifty Daily, Beverage Media, Artisan Spirit, Draft Magazine, FSR, All About Beer Magazine and BevNet. I’ve been interviewed on beverage-related topics for CNN, Fox Business News, CNBC, Beer Sessions Radio, Canada's ROB TV, NPR, BBC World, BBC Radio, The Associated Press, The New York Post, Financial Times, Investors Business Daily, Advertising Age, WCBS-TV and several other media outlets. Beyond the journalism gig, I’m also a filmmaker; I wrote, produced and co-directed the feature film, “Beerituality,” a comedy set in the world of craft beer. The film is available on at and can be streamed and downloaded at

Posted on May 10, 2017, in craft spirits, gin, new products, news, spirits, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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