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One Distillery strives to craft spirits with natural ingredients, while helping support local firefighters

Consuleo McCash, co-owner of One Distillery, holds a bottle of one of the distillery’s vodkas. McCash plans to add botanical gin and whiskey offerings to One’s lineup in the near future. (Chancey Bush/Journal)

The possibilities are endless when it comes to One Distillery and its vodka.

Co-owner Consuleo McCash has found a number of ways to utilize its vodka to create its custom cocktails and infuse its vodka with natural ingredients to make flavorful blends.

Its gluten-free vodka is corn-based which creates a slightly sweet and smooth flavor profile. It is distilled six times, then filtered one more time before it is bottled. The infused vodkas include a hibiscus vodka, a pickle vodka called Git Pickled, and a blackberry tea seltzer named Tea Baggin.

“We try really hard to use only natural ingredients,” McCash said. “There’s nothing artificial in it. And then we also wanted to keep it very local. So for instance, our pickle vodka, we use pickle juice from Wild West Pickles, which is nice because it’s also helping a local community out in Los Lunas.”

McCash recently acquired ghost pepper juice from the local pickle maker.

“We’re gonna try mixing that and then some green chile stuff too,” she said. “And then just kind of working on making some canned cocktails I think is next for us. You know, something that’s shelf-stable that people can try a little four pack of and decide if they like it.”

One Distillery currently has its bottled vodkas and cans of its Tea Baggin seltzer on the shelves of local retailers including Jubilation, Total Wine and Albertsons Market.

“It’s made from natural teas,” McCash said of Tea Baggin. “You’ll notice there’s kind of a little tinge of tea color in it … It’s easy to drink. It doesn’t give you the belly bloating that you often get with some of the other seltzers. Ours is very lightly carbonated.”

Its hibiscus vodka is made with the vibrantly hued flowers, ginger and citrus. The vodka is a tinge sweet but can be mellowed by mixing it with prosecco or sparkling water.

“The color is really intense and the flavor is just nice,” McCash said. “It’s just kind of real, clean and simple. It’s not overpowering with ginger. I feel like it’s very well-balanced.”

Tentatively in the next six months One Distillery will offer a canned pineapple vodka and a bottled botanical gin.

“We’re going to put our own kind of twist on gin with herbs that we grow here in New Mexico,” McCash said. “I’m excited to do that because we have so much juniper here in New Mexico. But, I also wanted to maybe throw in some, yerba buena, spearmint or some chamomile, things like that. I try to always put a little bit of a New Mexico twist on things to just kind of celebrate New Mexico and who we are and what we have here.”

There also are plans to release a whiskey next year.

“I had bought a couple of local wine barrels from the wineries here and so I’m going to be experimenting with aging some of the whiskey in those wine barrels and just see how it turns out,” McCash said. “I really want to take our time aging it … You put stuff in there and then you just let it sit. It’s hard to be patient sometimes, but I think we’re working on a lot of great products and other liqueurs.”

McCash is also working on some other concoctions including a coffee liqueur made with local piñon coffee.

“We have so many ideas, but we have to decide what would be important time wise for us to be able to capitalize on right away, especially being so new,” McCash said. “Sometimes, I get carried away with the ideas. And then we have a whole chemistry thing going on at the distillery with all of these different projects.”

McCash makes syrups, juices and mixers that blend well with the distillery’s vodka including lavender lemonade, watermelon mint, dragon fruit and cucumber, as well as apple butter for its cocktail, Apple Butter Jeans.

“We live in the far North Valley so we have a bunch of fruit trees,” McCash said. “I pick the apples. My mom and I make the apple butter and we can it and then we save it for fall. I make a drink with it that is great because you can drink it warm or cold. It has that homemade apple butter, it has organic apple cider in it and then I cook it for a long time with cloves and cinnamon, a little bit of anise, and then the fall spices.”

One Distillery is the brainchild of McCash, who has a private behavioral health practice, and her uncle, Martin Salazar, who is a captain with the Albuquerque Fire Department. The distillery opened in 2019, but as with many businesses, the pandemic put the brakes on many of its plans. The distillery’s mission is to help provide behavioral health and support options to firefighters, as well as benefit the community as a whole.

McCash and Salazar are currently looking to open a tasting room in the near future. For now, One Distillery can be found at local festivals and it also offers a bar cart that can be hired to create specialty cocktails for parties and special occasions. More information can be found on its Instagram page @onedistillery.

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