FOR ASPIRING
KENTUCKIANS

Kentucky is known the world over for three things: fried chicken, horses, and bourbon. But real Kentuckians don’t live by labels. They won’t be told what to cook, what to raise, and you sure as hell can’t tell them what to drink. There’s more to you than y’all.

BOTANICAL SPIRITS & LIQUEURS

We don’t wait years to distill the perfect sip. We don’t overburden the palate with a litany of flavors. These are sustainable, craft spirits micro distilled and essenced from lush botanicals. This is rebellion in a bottle. It’s a revival of spirits for the spirit.

Born In Louisville. Made for the world.

When a sommelier asked the world's first celebrity chef — Julia Child — to name her favorite wine, she replied, “Gin.”

With over 25 years of experience matching, combining and developing flavors, our botanical spirits and liqueurs are the product of a chef and an artist’s mutual pursuit of the perfect libation. It’s transformative refreshment for the free and independent palates of Kentucky and throughout the world.

Products

London Dry Gin

A classic London Dry with a twist: juniper, sweet citrus and coriander forward with a clean and delicate peppery warmth that persists on the palate as it fades. A gin for gin drinkers.

Ingredients

Juniper, Lemon Grass, Lemon Peel, Grains of Paradise, Coriander, Orris Root

42% ALC. / VOL (84 Proof) 750ML
Limited Release

Bourbon Barreled Gin

Juniper and citrus forward with a smoky smoothness, golden color and a bourbon-like mouth feel. A gin that drinks like a bourbon.

Ingredients

Juniper, Lemon Grass, Lemon Peel, Grains of Paradise, Coriander, Orris Root. Aged 4 to 6 weeks in freshly emptied Kentucky bourbon barrels.

45% ALC / VOL (50 Proof) 750ML
Lemon Liqueur

Limoncello

Coming soon. The aroma of fresh lemon zest, the robust taste of a lemon bar finishing smooth, round and bright. It’s a spirit that refreshes and lingers on the palate.

Ingredients

Fresh Lemon Peel, Cane Sugar

30% ALC / Vol (60 Proof) 750ML

Events & News

January 2020

The Spirit is Blowing Through the Windy City

When it comes to libations, Kentucky is known for its signature export containing more than 51% corn in its mash bill. But there’s a new Kentucky spirit sweeping the competitive Chicago spirits scene that is 100% grain neutral.

Read Chicago Food Magazine’s interview with Transformation Spirits Co-Founder and CMO, Tara Ogden on launching a Kentucky distillery that leans less on bourbon and more on botanicals.

“People have asked us, ‘Why make gin, and why make gin in bourbon country?’ We have a passion for gin and knew that gins and botanicals (vermouth, amori, aperitif, liqueurs) are seeing a resurgence in the US and worldwide,” says Ogden. “It’s been the great balancing act that has made us an amazing team and has given Transformation Spirits its adventurous flavor and unique perspective.”

Transformation Spirits Limited Release Bourbon Barreled Gin was chosen as one of Spirit Hub’s Top 19 Craft Spirits of 2019. Spirit Hub says the gin’s “round and soft flavors like vanilla and brown sugar make this unique, craft spirit hybrid a wonderful substitute for common gins in cocktails like the Negroni and Tom Collins.”

Go to Spirit Hub to purchase our London Dry Gin or Bourbon Barreled Gin for delivery in the Chicagoland area.

February 2020

Kentucky’s Award Winning Gin is Heading Down to Tennessee

Let the good times begin, Music City! Watch the Find Us section to see where you can order and purchase your neighbor-to-the-north’s freshest gins. You may not be a Kentuckian, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself moved by the best botanical spirits of the Bluegrass.

Stay tuned for information on launch parties throughout Nashville. 

April 2020

Catch the Spirit at Taste of Derby 2020

Join Transformation Spirits co-owners, Tara Ogden and Stuart Stein, at the 33nd Annual Taste of Derby Festival on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at Slugger Field benefiting Dare to Care Food Bank.

Taste of Derby Festival features signature dishes from more than 65 of Louisville’s finest restaurants and beverage companies. Enjoy our wine pull, bourbon pull, and Hope Bags. This age 21+ event always sells out, so purchase your tickets early.  All proceeds benefit the Dare to Care Food Bank. For more information, visit the Taste of Derby Festival event page.

April 2020

Rooftop Party with Transformation Spirits at Thunder Over Louisville

Join Transformation Spirits on the rooftop for Thunder of Louisville on Saturday, April 18, 2020. Sip a Transformation Martini or Derby Rose as the fireworks light up the sky during the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies.

Purchase your VIP tickets at the Thunder Over Louisville VIP Rooftop Party event page.

April 2020

Transformation Spirits is the Official Gin of the 2020 Kentucky Derby Festival

For the second year in a row, Transformation Spirits will be the Official Gin of the Kentucky Derby Festival.

Check out the Kentucky Derby Festival website to find out where you can find Transformation Spirits Gin at the 2020 Kentucky Derby Festival Events including Thunder Over Louisville and Taste of the Derby.

Cocktails

London Dry Gin

Transformation Martini

  • 4 oz Transformation Spirits London Dry Gin
  • 3/4 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 2 Dashes Bitters (orange bitters or aromatic bitters)
  • Garnish: Lemon twist or Vermouth soaked olives
  • CHILL martini glass.
  • FILL a mixing glass with cracked ice.
  • POUR gin, vermouth and bitters.
  • STIR 15 seconds, strain into a martini glass and garnish with the lemon twist or olives.
Bourbon Barreled Gin

Negroni-Vardier

  • 2 oz Transformation Spirits Limited Release Bourbon Barreled Gin
  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz Sweet Red Vermouth
  • 2 dashes Bitters (orange bitters or aromatic bitters)
  • GARNISH: Orange twist
  • CHILL rocks glass.
  • FILL a mixing glass with cracked ice.
  • POUR gin, Campari, vermouth and bitters.
  • STIR 15 seconds, strain into a rocks glass and garnish with the orange twist.
London Dry Gin

Apple-Rosemary Gimlet

  • 1 1/2 oz Transformation Spirits London Dry Gin
  • 2 0z Apple Juice
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Rosemary Simple Syrup
  • 2 Dashes Bitters (orange bitters or aromatic bitters)
  • Garnish: Lemon Foam and Candied Apple Peel
  • CHILL stemmed cocktail glass
  • FILL a cocktail shaker with cracked ice.
  • COMBINE gin, apple juice, lime juice, rosemary simple syrum and bitters.
  • SHAKE 10-15 seconds, strain into a stemmed cocktail glass and garnish with the lime foam and candied apple peel.
Rosemary Simple Syrup
  • 2 C Water
  • 1 C Granulated sugar
  • 8 tbsp Fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
  • COMBINE the water, sugar and chopped rosemary leaves in a small saucepan.
  • HEAT, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is hot and sugar is dissolved.
  • REMOVE from heat and let the syrup cool completely.
  • STRAIN from heat and let the syrup cool completely.
Bourbon Barreled Gin

Bourbon Barreled Gin Lemonade

  • 1 1/2 oz Transformation Spirits Bourbon Barreled Gin
  • 3/4 oz Lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz Simple Syrup (1 part sugar : 2 parts water)
  • 2 Dashes Bitters (orange bitters or aromatic bitters)
  • Garnish: Lemon twist
  • FILL a cocktail shaker with cracked ice.
  • COMBINE gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and bitters.
  • SHAKE 10 seconds, strain into a rocks glass and garnish with the lemon twist.
London Dry Gin

Derby Rose

  • 1 1/2 oz Transformation Spirits London Dry Gin
  • 1/2 oz Sweet Red Vermouth
  • 1/2 oz Orange liqueur (Triple Sec, Curaçao, Grand Marnier)
  • 1/2 oz Lime juice
  • 2 oz Cranberry Juice
  • Garnish: Lime wedge
  • CHILL rocks glass.
  • FILL a cocktail shaker with cracked ice.
  • COMBINE gin, sweet vermouth, orange liqueur, lime juice and cranberry juice.
  • SHAKE 10 seconds, strain into a rocks glass and garnish with the lime wedge.

Find Us

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Served At

Kentucky

Louisville
  • Butchertown Grocery / Lola
  • Doc Crows
  • Hell or High Water
  • Louisville Slugger Field
  • Naive
  • Red Hog
Prospect
  • Commonwealth Tap
Georgetown
  • Local Feed
Lexington
  • BlueFire Bar & Grill @ the Hyatt Regency
  • Jack Ruby's Steak House - Coming Soon
  • Lexington Marriot City Center
  • Loxbox @ the 21C Hotel - Coming Soon

Tennessee

More Coming Soon
Nashville
  • 404 Kitchen
  • Gray & Dudley @ the 21C Hotel - Coming Soon
  • No Quarter
Brentwood
  • Lodlow & Prime - Coming Soon
  • Mere Bulles

Kentucky

Louisville
  • Cox Smoker's Outlet - Various Locations
  • Flying Dutchman's Liquors
  • Haymarket Whisky Bar & Bottle Stop
  • Liquor World - LaGrange Road
  • Morris' Deli, Liquor & Catering
  • Old Town Wine and Spirits
  • Our Place Liquors
  • Party Mart - Brownsboro Center
  • State Liquors
  • Westport Whisky & Wine
Kroger Liquor Stores Througout Kentucky
  • Coming Soon
Lexington
  • Ernie's Spirits
  • Kroger Wine & Spirits - Beaumont Center
  • Unlimited Spirits
Georgetown
  • Bluegrass Liquor Box
  • Liquor Mart of Georgetown
Brandenburg
  • Bootleggers Wine and Spirits
Corbin
  • Ernie's Spirits
Prospect
  • Prospect Liquors
Ft. Thomas
  • DEP's Fine Wine & Spirits

Illinois

Chicago

Tennessee

More Coming Soon
Mt. Julet
  • Providence Wine & Spirits