Chocolate, Whiskey, and Cigars at Cacao Prieto This Summer (PHOTOS)

Categories: Artisans

All photos by Hannah Palmer Egan
Cacao Prieto, Widow Jane Distillery, and Botanica occupy a single corner lot in Red Hook

Daniel Preston is not one to screw around, but the self-educated inventor-turned-aerospace-engineer-turned-chocolatier-and-distiller also has a flair for life's finer pleasures. At Cacao Prieto and Widow Jane Distillery, Preston is quietly turning out seriously smooth, well-crafted chocolate, rum, and whiskey, produced and packaged in small batches under one Brooklyn roof.

Next door, Preston's warm-season cocktail bar, Botanica, serves up craft beers and cocktails using house-made spirits, infusions, and other lovingly crafted local ingredients. The whole operation sits on a corner lot on a cobblestone block near the water in Red Hook and opens daily for tours and tastings.

Next door to Botanica, the Nat Sherman pop-up cigar shop

This summer, Preston teams up with Nat Sherman Tobacco company to annex a pop-up tabaqueria next door. Botanica guests are welcome to stop in, buy a cigar, and enjoy it with Widow Jane whiskey pairings through October, because few things feel better on a breezy summer night than enjoying a drink or two al fresco, (assuming it's not 600 degrees outside), and few things go better with a great whiskey than a great cigar.

Last Friday, we toured the pop-up and wandered through the distillery and chocolate operations. On the pages that follow, you'll find photos of the earthly delights on offer at Preston's four-pronged artisanal pleasure palace this summer.

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