Elixir® craft distillery, founded by Italian brothers Andrea and Mario Loreto in Eugene, Oregon, is dedicated to revivifying traditional spirits in the Italian tradition using the finest all-natural ingredients. All of our spirits are composed of pure McKenzie River water, neutral spirit and selected botanicals. One of the cleanest streams in the country, the McKenzie River originates from seven springs in the west slope of the Oregon High Cascades, an historic volcanic mountain range in central Oregon. Snow melt and rain water slowly filter through one thousand-meter thick basaltic volcanic rock for between five and sixty years before joining the river, thus ensuring that the water is wholly pristine. Unspoiled McKenzie River water is only half of the story, however. At Elixir®, we use the purest neutral spirit, filtering it several times through activated charcoal and crushed lava rock and ultimately running it through specialized copper tubing to eliminate any remaining impurities. Our time-intensive filtering process is worth its weight in gold: our distinctive process successfully strips the spirit of its “fire” while preserving its natural warmth. At Elixir®, we create our liqueurs in small, handmade batches. We carefully test each batch prior to bottling to ensure that the artful array of barks, spices, and flowers has matured into a perfect mosaic of flavors. The result is all-natural artisanal liqueurs of rare purity and inimitable flavor.
Around 1630, missionaries in South America learned about cinchona—a mysterious shrub whose bark boasted inimitable herbal and aromatic essences. The plant was brought to Rome in 1632, whereupon clergymen and laypeople alike crafted an array of imaginative liqueurs from its prized bark. Nearly four centuries later, cinchona calisaya remains a staple ingredient in Italian amaros. Calisaya® celebrates this storied past in a subtle bittersweet liqueur derived from authentic cinchona bark enhanced with selected botanicals. Calisaya® is handcrafted by expert Italian distillers at Elixir® artisanal distillery in Oregon and follows a traditional recipe of all natural ingredients.
The regal Florentine iris–iris florentina–has been prized since antiquity for its proud beauty and fragrant rhizome. Iris celebrates this distinguished history in the first botanical liqueur derived from pure iris root and other all-natural ingredients. Our alluring topaz-colored liqueur boasts a flavor profile that is as subtle and elusive as it is intriguing: a sophisticated medley of fresh violet, citrus, and bitter grapefruit. Iris can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in a range of cocktails.
Fernet dei Fratelli Loreto revitalizes the original fernet style liqueur recipes from the mid-1800s with an eye toward contemporary palates. Fernet style amari have long been celebrated throughout Europe and the Americas for their bracing bitterness: in contrast to overly sweet liqueurs, fernet’s minimally sweetened composition of herbs, barks, and spices leaves no room to hide. Our Fernet dei Fratelli Loreto is a family recipe handcrafted by an Italian distiller at Elixir artisanal distillery in Eugene, Oregon with assistance from his brother who still lives in their hometown of Florence, Italy. Together, the brothers have gathered the world’s finest Pacific Northwestern and European botanicals to craft an authentic fernet of surprising aromatic nuance and bold herbaceous and floral notes. Fernet dei Fratelli Loreto can be enjoyed straight as an after-dinner digestif, in espresso, or as an inventive addition in many cocktails.
Caffè Corretto™ combines two of Italy’s most cherished simple pleasures — enjoying full-bodied espresso coffee, and savoring distinctive liqueurs. Espresso coffee “corrected” with a splash of liqueur is known throughout Italy as “caffè corretto.” Oregon’s Elixir craft distillery and Seattle’s artisan coffee roaster, Caffè Umbria, have developed a unique coffee liqueur inspired by this rich history. Our Caffè Corretto™ is intensely coffee flavored, minimally sweetened, and made of all natural ingredients. It can be served straight, with ice, with a dash of cream, or as a sophisticated ingredient in creative cocktails.
Ver (Latin for “springtime”) is an herbal liqueur made from our Tuscan family’s treasured Old World recipe. It is produced by hand in small batches using exclusively natural ingredients. Ver’s flavor profile is intense and multi-layered with fragrances of herbs, spices, seeds, bark and just a hint of mint. Its bold taste is perfectly balanced by a smooth finish. Ver pairs beautifully with gin, vermouth or sparkling wine. Serve neat, on the rocks or in cocktails.
Elixir distillery is located in Eugene, Oregon at 1050 Bethel Drive. All are welcome to come visit and sample our liqueurs. Please call us at 541.345.2257 to schedule a visit. For postal correspondence, you can reach us at 105 Deer Valley Drive, Eugene, Oregon 97405.