January 2021 This may not be the most conventional Valentine\u2019s Day in our lifetimes\u2014thanks to COVID-19\u2014but it doesn\u2019t have to be unmemorable or lacking in zest! Luckily, our friends at Alchemy Spirit House have created some delectable libations and debuted a couple of new selections to set the mood and give us reasons to toast! Zionsville\u2019s First Microdistillery If you haven\u2019t yet made the acquaintance of Mark Nigbur, founder and owner of Alchemy Spirit House, he is a bit of a \u201crock star\u201d in the distilling industry and has built a solid reputation\u2014nationwide\u2014for his brands over the years. In my story that was featured in Zionsville Monthly the fall of 2019, I introduced Nigbur, his wife, Laurie, and their young son, Harrison. The Nigburs relocated to Zionsville from Maui to open Alchemy Spirit House. Located on South Main Street in Zionsville, Indiana is a working microdistillery showcasing an intimate, 30-seat tasting room with an industrial speakeasy atmosphere. One master distiller, one distiller\/mixologist and one tasting room director collaborate to serve tasting flights and classically inspired one-off cocktails crafted exclusively with Alchemy\u2019s innovative distilled spirits. Since Alchemy\u2019s official opening in 2020, Nigbur and his innovative staff have been delighting their customers throughout the pandemic\u2014both in-house and throughout surrounding communities\u2014with their impressive collection of incomparable sprits and the Alchemy Fresh at Home cocktail kits. These kits consist of one of Alchemy\u2019s microdistilled spirits, additional ingredients and easy instructions on how to create the specific cocktail, all of which can be ordered in-house or over the phone. Candy Is Nice but Alchemy\u2019s Craft Cocktails Are Sweeter! Let\u2019s face it, times have been tough and more than a little underwhelming. Why not make this Feb. 14 a little (or a lot) better\u2014depending on how you pour\u2014by ordering one of Alchemy\u2019s specialty craft cocktails, available only on Valentine\u2019s Day! \u201cWe will be featuring a Godiva Chocolate Martini with an Ovaltine rim, in-house, on Valentine\u2019s Day,\u201d Nigbur shared. \u201cOur beautiful Cotton Candy Lemon Drop will be available only to go on Valentine\u2019s Day, and the Alchemy Fresh at Home for the month of February will be a whiskey sour and an old-fashioned .\u201d Fresh Out of the Barrel Adding to an already impressive lineup, Alchemy has recently released its Alchemy Spirit House Reposado Agave Spirit No. 9 and the highly anticipated Alchemy Spirit House American Blended Whiskey single barrel. Zionsville\u2019s first and ONLY tequilas are made from weber blue agave from Jalisco, Mexico. While perfect foundations for a margarita, both of Alchemy\u2019s tequilas can be enjoyed neat. \u201cThe tequila is an 11-year-old weber blue agave that we ferment, distill and bottle in-house,\u201d Nigbur explained. \u201cOur Blanco is unaged, and our Reposado is aged for three months in French oak. They\u2019re distilled the way tequila was distilled 50 years ago. The Blanco starts out sweet and ends spicey, and the Reposado starts out sweet and ends with spice and a hint of smoke.\u201d Nigbur continued, \u201cThe new whiskey is an American blended whisky. It\u2019s an 8- to 9-year-old George Dickel Whiskey from Tennessee. We blend it with our distillate that we have aging, and then we bottle it.\u201d So, step up your game this Valentine\u2019s Day and place your pickup orders or enjoy the evening in-person at Alchemy Spirit House. And indulge yourselves with Zionsville\u2019s best microdistilled spirits! All Alchemy Fresh at Home cocktail kits orders must be placed by 10 p.m. the night before the designated pickup day. Call (317) 600-1858 to place your orders. Visit Alchemy Sprit House online at alchemymicrodistillery.com for hours of operation and additional information.