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GQ’s Favorite Bourbon for National Bourbon Day

Oh, hey, it’s National Bourbon Day. Is that a real thing? We don’t really care. At GQ HQ, every day is bourbon day, so today we graciously welcome the rest of the country into our sweet, oaky preoccupation.

Let’s get you a drink, shall we?


Our favorite bourbon made from water extracted directly from a limestone mine in upstate New York (trust us, it makes a difference).

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Cacao Prieto

POSTED BY  ON MON, JUN 3, 2013 AT 9:30 AM




When it comes to things that seem, in theory, far too good to be true, most people would assume “combination chocolate and whiskey factory” to be one of them. In Red Hook, Cacao Prieto is not only delightfully defying expectations, but also turning out some of the very best products in every category it touches.

Chocolate is a trade that founder Daniel Prieto Preston comes by honestly. So honestly, in fact, that the company’s organic cocoa beans and sugar cane are actually sourced from farmland in the Dominican Republic that Preston’s family has tended for over a century. Preston has also fully thrown his background as an engineer into the process, inventing a number of efficient, sleek chocolate-making machines that the company now sells as a side business.

“The ideas could spark from a recipe dated from the 1800s, or in investigating the collection of botanicals from our apothecary,” the company’s Art Director Michele Gabrielle Clark says of the constantly evolving process. “We’re very interested in using rare herbs and plants, and we love stretching our imaginations.”

Thus far, this has led the company to a few unexpected outcomes, perhaps most notably its hugely popular Widow Jane whiskey. Initially it was just making cacao-based rum and liqueurs; it branched into the whiskey business on a whim last fall. The company now has an individualized distillation process and one of the most beloved whiskeys in Brooklyn. It’s also led to a few brilliant crossovers, including a Widow Jane Bourbon Caramel-filled bon bon bar.

Having established itself as a part of Red Hook’s tight-knit small business community (thanks in no small part, we’d guess, to the on-site tours), it would seem that however circuitous the route, Preston and Cacao Prieto have ended up exactly where they’re meant to be.













Cacao Prieto

Photos By David Loaiza

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Cacao Prieto; 218 Conover Street




Whiskey Launch Party Friday Night

Signature Cocktails
Live Bluegrass Music by Dubl Handi
DJ: Miho Hatori
Whiskey Distillation &
White Lightning from the Still
Free tastings of Widow Jane 7 Year

It’s not too late to RSVP!


Custom Coffee Liqueurs

Tasting of the custom coffee liqueurs produced for Brooklyn Roasting Company

Red Hook Distillery

“Raised Spirits” at Cacao Prieto

The weekend has passed, but what a fun weekend!  After a fantastic evening at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic opening gala on Friday, I headed on over to my first MCC event on Saturday afternoon, the  Hands-On Distilling Workshop:  The Art and Science of Distilling.  The seminar was held at Cacao Prieto  in the Red Hook part of Brooklyn…

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Manhattan Cocktail Classic

The Art & Science of Distilling Workshop

As part of The Manhattan Cocktail Classic we are offering a Hands-On Distilling Workshop – The Art & Science of Distilling on Saturday May 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm, only a few tickets are still available. Hurry up!

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Gourmet chocolate bars & bonbons on sale at our Valentine's day pop-up shop.

Valentine’s Chocolates Pop-up Store in SoHo

When: February 10-14, 11am-7pm

Where: E.R. Butler & Co, 55 Prince Street, New York NY

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Brooklyn Botanical Garden's LUSH event

Prieto Chocolate Rum at Brooklyn Botanic Garden Orchid LUSH event

Cacao Prieto is teaming up with Brooklyn Botanic Garden. On Friday, February 10th, we will be shaking up chocolate rum cocktails for the LUSH boogaloo and latin soul dance party. The LUSH event celebrates Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s collection of over 6,000 tropical orchids.

Friday, February 10 | 8 p.m.–Midnight | BBG Palm House
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In December 2011, we hosted a party for the happy doll charity.

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Soft Opening

Soft Opening

On November 28th, 2011 we opened our factory doors for a preview party. Over 150 people showed up for a night of tasting bark bars, bonbons, and liquor. More images after the jump.

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Cacao Prieto is located at 218 Conover Street, in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Click here to send us a message, or call us at (347) 225-0130.

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