Podcast Episode 54: Going Against the Grain with Robin Christenson

Going Against the Grain with Your Creative Business on the Dear Handmade Life podcast

Today on the Dear Handmade Life podcast we’re talking to Robin Christenson from Blinking Owl Distillery and drinking a Cherry Manilow. We talk with self-taught entrepreneur Robin about how she and her husband started the first craft distillery in Orange County, how you have to fake it until you make it, how she translated the skills she learned running a successful medical business into opening a distillery, how she created a business plan, the process of getting investors and what it means to create a business not a job.


Also, we’re giving away access to one of our online workshops (if you win you can pick whichever workshop you’d like) and a few bags of the custom-blended tea our friend Andy from Plum Deluxe created for our Craftcation Conference. To enter just leave us a review on iTunes here. We’ll randomly pick a winner and announce them at the beginning of our August 3rd podcast episode.


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Cherry Manilow cocktail Blinking Owl Distillery

Cherry Manilow
  • 1 ½ oz Blinking Owl Aquavit
  • 4 cherries (one for a garnish)
  • ¼ oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz vanilla simple
  • ¾ oz sweet vermouth
  1. Muddle 3 cherries in a shaker then add all other ingredients to the shaker and fill half way with ice.
  2. Shake approximately 15 seconds (until the shaker becomes frosty).
  3. Pour the ingredients through a strainer into a coupe.
  4. Garnish with a fresh cherry.


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