Ed Kashi

May 18, 2020

Brad Ransom, with head lamp, is head of production, and Kevin Bascom, distiller for Nauti Spirits in Cape May, New Jersey. Normally they produce gin, vodka and rum but since March they’ve been producing hand sanitizer to donate first responders and local facilities, plus selling it to local NJ companies and individuals at a rate well below market costs. We closed our doors to the public on March 15, 2020. March 19, 2020 - started the process to produce hand sanitizer in partnership with Partners Pharmacy.  March 25, 2020 started the donations to 1st responders and local healthcare facilities.  March 29, 2020 started selling hand sanitizer to the public via online orders and drive up pick up.  Quote:  "It takes a village, not just to raise a baby, but surviving a pandemic too. By each of us doing our part, [Staying home, posting memes, stocking shelves, selling goods, driving trucks, 1st responders, healthcare workers, making masks, or making hand sanitizer!] we will get through this together and come out stronger and better than ever." How did Nauti Spirits Distillery come up with the idea to make hand sanitizer? Why? A few weeks ago we saw that stores were running out of sanitizer and isopropyl alcohol.  Then, we heard about how people were buying and hoarding things, including sanitizer, which people needed given the growing crisis.  Among others, first responders and those in nursing homes were having real problems getting this basic item.  Knowing that ethyl alcohol is just as effective at killing bacteria, we started looking at whether we could meet a need by legally producing sanitizer with high-proof ethanol that we distill.  We couldn't under our current federal and state permits, so we started making calls to the TTB, our federal regulator, and to the ABC to ask how we could help meet this need.  A week ago, on Wednesday morning, a friend who is a professional pharmacist and an executive VP at Partners Pharmacy, which provides pharmacy services for assisted living facilities, called and asked if we had any ethanol that he could buy to make sanitizer for his patients.  That afternoon is when the TTB granted distilleries with our type of license the temporary authorization to make hand sanitizer with ethanol.  So, we started immediately teaming together to make sanitizer in order to meet the need, which by that time had become chronic. How is the hand sanitizer made, like tell me about the process you use and what role Nauti Spirits plays in making the hand sanitizer since Partners Pharmacy is compounding it.   Partners Pharmacy compounded the first batch, and then has overseen/directed our distillers in compounding the sanitizer at the distillery.  It is made by taking very high (190) proof (95%) ethanol that we had distilled over the last several months from corn and sweet potatoes that we had grown on our land and which we normally would use to make our vodka, and adding to it distilled water, hydrogen peroxide, propylene glycol, tea tree oil, and vitamin E oil, with the resulting solution being 80% ethanol, the highest leval allowed, which also provides the best antiseptic defense.  We then label and bottle this by hand in 8 oz., 32 oz. and 5 gal. containers.  In addition to the professional pharmacist guidance, Partners Pharmacy has provided additives and 8,000 very hard to come by (and now nearly gone due to outrageous demand) 2 oz. spray bottles in which we put much of the initial batches. Is your hand sanitizer FDA approved? How does it get FDA approved? Who is responsible for ensuring that the hand sanitizer is FDA approved? The FDA does not "approve" the sanitizer; it approves the guidelines for its manufacture.  We and Partners Pharmacy compound the hand sanitizer pursuant to the FDA's published recommendations and guidelines.  Both Partners Pharmacy and Nauti Spirits are responsible for ensuring that the sanitizer meets these FDA recommendations/guidelines. Who is Nauti Spirits distributing and selling the hand sanitizer to?   We and Partners Pharmacy have donated several hundreds of gallons of the product to first responders in Cape May County, and to elder care and professional nursing facilities around the country.  We also are selling the sanitizer to end users (no resellers) in order to recover some of our costs.  Our prices are near pre-COVID-19 levels, and we aim to keep them that low for as long as there is a need for the product. Who is Nauti Spirits making the hand sanitizer for? Who needs hand sanitizer the most right now?   Initially, we wanted to get the hand sanitizer to some of those who needed it the most -- first responders and people in assisted living facilities.  These foks still desparately need the sanitizer, but others need it too, like postal workers, home delivery personnel, restaurant workers who facilitate curbside and takeout orders, people in essential businesses, shoppers; literally everyone who doesn't have ready access to soap and water every time their hands may come into contact with infected surfaces. How long will Nauti Spirits be manufacturing hand sanitizer for?   Until there is no longer a need for it, or until we have to shut our doors permanently because we can no longer afford to keep the lights on.  We would like nothing better than to go back to making--and selling--artisan farm spirits, rather than hand sanitizer. But, hand sanitizer is the need; great spirits are a desire.  Desire takes a back seat these days. Where is the hand sanitizer being sold and/or given out to people? How much does it cost to buy? How is it sold, like how big are the bottles? Are the bottles sold individually or in groups?   We have been selling the hand sanitizer from the distillery, as we do not have the personnel or funds to deliver it.  That said, for larger orders (5 gal or more), we will arrange delivery through authorized shippers. The 2 oz. spray bottle is sold by itself for $2.00 (due to the high price of the bottle, and limit 2 per customer), the 8 oz. bottles sell for $7, the 32 oz bottles sell for $17, and a 5 gal sealed bucket can be filled for $320 (or we'll provide the bucket and lid for $12).  The larger bottles can be used to fill smaller bottles that folks have around the house or office/business.  We will not allow anyone to buy in bulk in order to resell (to avoid hoarding and price gouging). How many employees are allowed in the distillery at a time while the hand sanitizer is being made?   We haven't had much of a problem with this, as we only have four employees remaining on payroll.  With volunteers, however, we like to keep the number at no more than six at any one time.  The distillery space is actually quite large.


Nauti Spirits is making hand sanitizer from high-proof alcohol that we distilled earlier in the year. We are working with Partners Pharmacy of Springfield, NJ, to provide the remaining ingredients and professional oversight to compound this 80% ethanol sanitizer. We offer the product in 5 gal. covered containers for larger businesses and organizations. We also offer it in 32 oz. bottles. PLEASE NOTE: Smaller bottles are nearly impossible to find commercially, and we are using our remaining supply to continue donating to our frontline responders. We will update this page if and when smaller bottles become available for sale. The larger options will enable you to fill existing smaller containers for household and employee needs. We are not able to ship this product and it is only available for pickup at the distillery. Out of necessity, we respectfully request that businesses and government entities designate a single point of contact for ordering and managing the distribution of hand sanitizer to your employees. Please email us at for pricing, availability and pick up times and we will get back to you ASAP. Thank you so much, and please, take care of yourselves and your families through this difficult time.


August 26, 2018

Gregg Carpenter: Live in the Tasting Room

Bring your own food, or check out one of the Food at the Farm trucks on the preserved farm adjacent to the Distillery premises!

SEPT 01        Camille Peruto – pop hits, old favorites & original tunes 6:30-9:30pm

SEPT 02        The Capers –  soulful covers of classic tunes 5-8pm

SEPT 03        Gregg Carpenter – local singer/songwriter 6:30-9:30pm

SEPT 06        Dale Barth –  hits from Cash, Dylan, and more  6:30-9:30pm

SEPT 07        C Lynne Smith – country to folk-rock and beyond 6:30-9:30pm

SEPT 08        Jeff Schwachter – American roots rock, blues, folk 6:30-9:30pm

SEPT 09        Gerety Rowan Band – Playing forgotten favorites and hidden gems 5-8pm

SEPT 10         Gregg Carpenter – local singer/songwriter 6:30-9:30pm

SEPT 13         The Honeyhawks – eclectic romantic, vintage folk & pop 6:30-9:30pm

SEPT 14         The SunDogs – Americana duo 6:30-9:30pm

SEPT 15         Langston & Ternoskey – half of local favorite ‘The Snake Brothers’ 6:30-9:30pm

SEPT 16         Les DeRose – blend of pop, folk, and blues 5-8pm

SEPT 17         Gregg Carpenter – local singer/songwriter 6:30-9:30pm

SEPT 20        Dennis Donnelly – Delta/Chicago Blues Dobra & National slide & harmonica 6:30-9:30pm

SEPT 21          Camille Peruto – pop hits, old favorites & original tunes 6:30-9:30pm

SEPT 22         Dan Barry – local singer/songwriter 6:30-9:30pm

SEPT 23         Jeff Schwachter – American roots rock, blues, folk 5-8pm

SEPT 24         Gregg Carpenter – local singer/songwriter 6:30-9:30pm

SEPT 27         Walter Sapsai – acoustic favorites 6:30-9:30pm

SEPT 28         Les DeRose – blend of pop, folk, and blues 6:30-9:30pm

SEPT 29         C Lynne Smith – country to folk-rock and beyond 6:30-9:30pm

SEPT 30         Dale Barth – hits from Cash, Dylan, and more 5-8pm

Plunderfest: We’ve Got Whiskey!

August 19, 2018
Plundered LabelCheck out the story behind our Plundered Whiskey Series by clicking HERE.
Then, join us on September 1 & 2 to be the first to try Batch Number 1 of Nauti Spirits’ Artisan Blended Great American Whiskey!
We’ll have special Plundered cocktails available in the Tasting Room, Live Music & Distillery Tours, Jenga, Corn Hole, and Ladder Golf, plus a Bouncy House for the kids (12 and under).
Food at the Farm on the farm adjacent to the Distillery will feature a Pig Roast with a Nauti stillage fed hog and Dias Creek Oysters.
Free admission & tons of fun for the whole family.

Nauti Whiskey: The Plundered Series

August 19, 2018

Nauti Bourbon BarrelsGood whiskey – really good whiskey – takes years to reach barrel-aged perfection.

There are no true shortcuts or substitutes. And barrel aging – slowly, in new charred American White Oak barrels – is precisely what our artisan distilled bourbons (yes bourbons, not bourbon, as we have crafted three different malted varietals) will do until fully ready for their debuts. While our bourbons age, we are distilling (and milling, fermenting, finishing and bottling) on site spectacular “white” (or “straw” in the case of our cask-finished rum) gold-medal-winning spirits. But, alas, we do not yet have brown spirits that we have distilled and adequately barrel-aged on our farm site.

What are restless distillers to do, while looking at the barrels dreaming of their release, teasing customers on their tours, walking by, seeing the untouchable? Aye, mate… shamelessly plunder from others! Until our bourbons mature, we intend to engage in some outright (yet totally upfront) thievery of genuinely outstanding barrel-aged American Whiskeys. In truth, we meticulously research, nose and taste numerous types of bourbons and whiskeys, from some of the country’s finest distilleries, to find those with complementary characteristics. We then procure very small quantities of those spirits and expertly blend and/or barrel-finish them on site. The culmination of this effort is our Plundered series of nano-batch, premium, blended whiskeys. Every few months we will hand-select and harmonize the proper barrels to blend, in order to achieve some truly spectacular and very limited quantities of whiskeys available only at Nauti Spirits distillery. Our first batch is a perfect union of two great American whiskeys–both of considerable age, character, and maturation–resulting in a premium blend of exceptional character and drinkability.

The artisan blending techniques used in creating these great pilfered spirits will not be limited to our Plundered series. As mentioned above, we have distilled our own Nauti Spirits bourbons using three different types of malted barley that we milled on-site. When our bourbons are ready (not a moment before), we will have the opportunity to bottle them as separate varieties of bourbons, and to marry the flavors together of some or all three malted varietals with one another. What will we ultimately do? Well, that’s just our Nauti little secret for now!

Join us for the release of Batch Number 1 of our Plundered Series September 1 & 2! Click here for details…

Good Eats Food Truck Festival

August 10, 2018

Nauti Barns

Due to a chance of thunderstorms, the “Good Eats Food Truck Festival” canceled their event scheduled on the farm for this Saturday.


So – GET NAUTI this Saturday and enjoy a distillery tour, cocktails, great live music, indoor/outdoor games and FANTASTIC FOOD ON THE FARM* FROM YOUR LOYAL LOCAL FAVORITES!

*On the farm adjacent to the Distillery premises.

Why Wait ’til the Weekend?

July 29, 2018

We hate to be the bearer of bad news but August is just around the corner, and every day is getting just a tad bit shorter. So, we ask you: why wait ’til the weekend to sit back, sip on specialty cocktails, and celebrate summer while it lasts?

At Nauti Spirits, we’re here to help you force summer to sloooooow-downnnnn by living life to the fullest. Here’s our weekly line-up:

SUNDAY FUNDAY:  Live Music AND Food at the Farm*: Mermaid Mutineer & Dias Creek Oysters

MELLOW MONDAY:  $2 off Draft Cocktails from 4-7pm during Nauti Hour AND Gregg Carpenter playing live 6:30-9:30pm

TRIVIA TUESDAY:  Nauti Trivia hosted by Dr. Nick from 7-9pm (Free admission- begins 8/7/18), Food at the Farm*: Jay’s Crab Shack, AND $2 off Draft Cocktails from 4-7pm during Nauti Hour

WHY WAIT? WEDNESDAY: Nauti Hour specials from 4-7pm!

THIRSTY THURSDAY: Live Music AND Food at the Farm: Matt’s Family BBQ & Grill

FRI-YAY: Live Music AND Food at the Farm: Matt’s Family BBQ & Grill

SUMMER SATURDAYS: Live Music AND Food at the Farm: Matt’s Family BBQ & Grill

As always, you’re welcome to BYOF (Bring Your Own Food) or order delivery to our Farm Distillery. Behind-the-Stills Tours, Board Games, Cards, Corn Hole, Giant Jenga, and more available daily.

*Food at the Farm vendors are neither affiliated with nor paid for by Nauti Spirits. All Food at the Farm vendors set up at the pop-up stand on the preserved farm adjacent to the Distillery premises.


July 27, 2018

Bring your own food, or check out one of the Food at the Farm trucks on the preserved farm adjacent to the Distillery premises!

AUG 02       Dale Barth – hits from Cash, Dylan, and more 6:30-9:30pm

AUG 03       Walter Sapsai – acoustic favorites 3-6pm

AUG 04       The SunDogs – Americana duo 5-8pm

AUG 05       Dennis Donnelly – local guy jammin’ on the guitar 3-6pm

AUG 06       Gregg Carpenter – local singer/songwriter 6:30-9:30pm

AUG 09        Blondage – high energy party band 6:30-9:30pm

AUG 10         Langston & Ternoskey – Half of local favorite “The Snake Brothers” 6:30-9:30pm

AUG 11          The Capers –  soulful covers of classic tunes 6:30-9:30pm

AUG 12         Ken Shiles & Ci Bon – sultry covers of old favorites 3-6pm

AUG 13         Gregg Carpenter – local singer/songwriter 6:30-9:30pm

AUG 16         Walter Sapsai – acoustic favorites 6:30-9:30pm

AUG 17          C Lynne Smith – country to folk-rock and beyond 6:30-9:30pm

AUG 18          Dennis Donnelly – local guy jammin’ on the guitar 6:30-9:30pm

AUG 19          The SunDogs – Americana duo 5-8pm

AUG 20          Gregg Carpenter – local singer/songwriter 6:30-9:30pm

AUG 23          Jon Thompson – saxophone & guitar 6:30-9:30pm

AUG 24          Camille Peruto – pop hits, old favorites & original tunes 6:30-9:30pm

AUG 25          The Squares – local trio performing sophisticated, tuneful songs 6:30-9:30pm

AUG 26          The Capers –  soulful covers of classic tunes 5-8pm

AUG 27          Gregg Carpenter – local singer/songwriter 6:30-9:30pm

AUG 30         Langston & Ternoskey – Half of local favorite “The Snake Brothers” 6:30-9:30pm

AUG 31         Dennis Donnelly – local guy jammin’ on the guitar 6:30-9:30pm

Special Delivery: Nauti Spirits

July 12, 2018

Nauti Spirits Vodka, Gin and Rum

If you live outside of the Garden State, but still want to enjoy the farm-to-bottle spirits that we craft right here at our Cape May distillery, consider your problem solved!
Our good friends at two of our amazing Nauti partners are now able to ship our Vodka, Gin, and Rum straight to your doorstep (in most states).

Benash Liquor Store & Passion Vines

Check out the details below, and place your order in time to enjoy a Nauti cocktail this weekend.

You must be at least 21 years of age to purchase.

Each location has 4 or more shipping options, guaranteeing you your spirits as quickly as you need ’em.

Shipping is not available to the following states: Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, & Utah.

Ready to place your order? Scroll up and click on either store’s name- you’ll be redirected to the Nauti Spirits section of their respective websites and in just a few clicks, our spirits will be on their way to your doorstep.

June Music Line-Up

May 24, 2018


Please note that some of our live music set times have changed. Check out Food at the Farm pop-up stands on the preserved farm adjacent to the Distillery, or BYOF (Bring Your Own Food).
JUNE 01    C Lynne Smith– country to folk-rock and beyond 6:30-9:30pm
JUNE 02    Dale Barth- hits from Cash, Dylan, and more 6:30-9:30pm
JUNE 03   Jeff Schwachter- American roots rock, blues, folk 3-6pm
JUNE 07    The Squares- dynamic local guitar & vocals trio 5:30-8:30pm
JUNE 08    Don Shough– guitar blues 6:30-9:30pm
JUNE 09    Ken Shiles & Ci Bon– stripped down guitar & sultry vocals 6:30-9:30pm
JUNE 10     TBA– lively local talent 5:30-8:30pm
JUNE 14     TBA– lively local talent 5:30-8:30pm
JUNE 15     The Honeyhawks– eclectic romantic, vintage folk & pop 6:30-9:30pm
JUNE 16     Black Horse Motel– Fluid city folk, both familiar &new 6:30-9:30pm
JUNE 17     TBA– lively local talent 5:30-8:30pm
JUNE 21     TBA- lively local talent 5:30-8:30pm
JUNE 22    TBA- lively local talent 5:30-8:30pm
JUNE 23    Camille Peruto– pop hits, old favorites, and original tunes 6:30-9:30pm
JUNE 24    Jon Thompson– saxophone & guitar 3-6pm
JUNE 28    TBA– lively local talent 5:30-8:30pm
JUNE 29    Dale Barth- hits from Cash, Dylan, and more 6:30-9:30pm
JUNE 30    C Lynne Smith– country to folk-rock and beyond 6:30-9:30pm

Spirited Celebrations at Nauti

May 15, 2018

Join us as we celebrate Memorial Day Weekend & our First Birthday!

MAY 25 : Extended Distillery hours, noon-10pm.
Food at the Farm: Matt’s Grill, pop-up stand adjacent to the Distillery premises.

MAY 28 : Memorial Day hours, noon-9pm.
25% off all purchases for Active & Reserve Military Personnel, and Veterans.
Food at the Farm: Mermaid Mutineer, pop-up stand adjacent to the Distillery premises.

JUNE 1 : First Birthday Extravaganza begins!
Birthday Cake Martinis with a sprinkle rim
Jerry Beebe, WIBG, live broadcast 4-6pm plus a sweet treat surprise.
Live music from C Lynne Smith 6:30-9:30pm
Food at the Farm: Matt’s Grill, pop-up stand adjacent to the Distillery premises.

JUNE 2 : Birthday Celebration continues!
Birthday Cake Martinis
Live music from Dale Barth 6:30-9:30pm

JUNE 3 : Sunday Funday
Food at the Farm: Crespella & Dias Creek Oysters, pop-up stand adjacent to the Distillery premises.
Nauti Mary’s- our take on the classic brunch favorite.

May Music Line-Up

April 25, 2018


Please note that some of our live music setsWe encourage you to BYOF (Bring Your Own Food.)
MAY 03    Open Mic Night with MQ Murphy– lively local talent 5:30-8:30pm
MAY 04    TBA
MAY 05    Chris Gillin-Schwartz– original tunes & folk favorites 6:30-9:30pm
MAY 06    Camille Peruto– pop hits, old favorites, and original tunes 3-6pm
MAY 10     Open Mic Night with MQ Murphy- lively local talent 5:30-8:30pm
MAY 11      Les DeRose- blend of pop, folk, and blues 6:30-9:30pm
MAY 12     Jeff Schwachter- American roots rock, blues, folk 6:30-9:30pm
MAY 13     Camille Peruto– pop hits, old favorites, and original tunes 3-6pm
MAY 17     Open Mic Night with MQ Murphy– lively local talent 5:30-8:30pm
MAY 18     The Honeyhawks– eclectic romantic, vintage folk & pop 6:30-9:30pm
MAY 19     C Lynne Smith– country to folk-rock and beyond 6:30-9:30pm
MAY 20    Ken Shiles & Ci Bon– stripped down guitar & sultry vocals 3-6pm
MAY 24    Open Mic Night with MQ Murphy– lively local talent 5:30-8:30pm
MAY 25    Don Shough– guitar blues 5:30-8:30pm
MAY 26    Jon Thompson– saxophone & guitar 6:30-9:30pm
MAY 27    Chris Gillin-Schwartz– original tunes & folk favorites 3-6pm
MAY 31    Open Mic Night with MQ Murphy– lively local talent 5:30-8:30pm

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