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 info@nautispirits.com 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.

Gluten Free? Nauti Spirits Facts.

November 17, 2017

At Nauti Spirits, we know that finding gluten-free foods or drinks can be a challenge when dining out or when enjoying a cocktail in a tasting room.

While our spirits are not yet certified as gluten-free by FDA standards, we can assure you that there are no ingredients in Nauti Spirits Vodka or Rum that contain gluten. Nauti Spirits Vodka is distilled from locally grown sweet potatoes and corn. No gluten. And our rum is made from sweet Southern molasses. No gluten there either, folks! Once these base ingredients are distilled, the only thing added back to the spirit is pure water, which allows us to meet the proper proof.

Even though the distillation process removes the gluten from most spirits made with grains, we want you to know that WE DO CRAFT OUR GIN FROM WHEAT. If this concerns you, please stick to the Vodka and Rum!

And… our juices, seltzers, macerations, and mixtures are all made in-house with the utmost care and attention to detail in small craft batches. We do not use gluten in any of these hand-crafted creations.

So, grab your gluten-free dinner, call your friends, and head on over to Nauti Spirits for an evening of cocktails, live music, and laughter. You won’t have to ask for a gluten-free menu or make cocktail substitutions when enjoying our Vodka or Rum drinks- you’ll get to have a worry-free, gluten-free good time.

Join our mailing list and we’ll let you know when we’ve completed our independent lab verification and can proudly add “Gluten Free” to our labels!

November Music Lineup

November 7, 2017



NOV 09 Open Mic Night with MQ Murphy-Lively local talent
NOV 10 Gordon Vincent- singer/songwriter
NOV 11 Ken Shiles and Ci Bon- stripped down guitar
NOV 12 Gregg Carpenter- singer-songwriter-guitarist/pianist
NOV 16 Open Mic Night with MQ Murphy- Lively local talent
NOV 17 Patty Blee & Ernie Trionfo- distinctive guitar style full of bass
NOV 18 C Lynne Smith-country to folk-rock & beyond
NOV 19 Marnie & Nate- versatile acoustic duo
NOV 24 The Honeyhawks- eclectic romantic, vintage folk & pop
NOV 25 Jon Thompson- saxophone & guitar
NOV 26 Michael Flanigan- acoustic singer/songwriter
NOV 30 Open Mic Night with MQ Murphy -Lively local talent

Nauti Spirits in Edible Jersey’s “Must Tries of the Month” November 2017

October 30, 2017

Thanks for the Mention, Edible Jersey!  We love being included as one of Edible Jersey’s “Must Tries of the Month”.

Nauti Spirits
916 Shunpike Road, Cape May

“Nauti’s Vodka is crafted with their own sweet potatoes, their gin with local/wild juniper. While on tour at Nauti, I noticed a rye grown in NJ getting ready to be whiskey. Every spirit from Nauti is so thoughtfully designed, mashed, fermented and distilled right on their farm.  VP & Head Distiller Brendan Wheatley told me, ‘…I don’t want to make gin, vodka and whiskey in New Jersey…I want to make New Jersey gin, vodka and whiskey.’”
Ray Painter, Publisher
Eric Derby, Associate Publisher

Thank You From Our Family to Yours

October 26, 2017


Veronica with her nephews, Keagan & Brogan.

“THANK YOU!” to all of our friends who came out this past Sunday to the distillery fundraiser to support and share in celebrating our Veronica’s amazing road to recovery.  We are grateful to all those who assisted in arranging the event– from the generous area business folks who provided items for the silent auction to the caring individuals who donated much-needed financial support through Veronica’s “Go Fund Me” page.

The fact that Veronica is healthy again, and working like the champ that she always has been, is nothing short of a miracle.  To see the smile that never left her face last Sunday, was icing on the cake.

You are the best, and we are incredibly fortunate to be part of this wonderful community.

Again – from all of us at Nauti Spirits – thank you so much.

Warmest regards,

Steve  & Caroline Miller
Nauti Spirits Distillery

Check out the Silent Auction Items for Veronica’s Fundraiser

October 19, 2017

We are overwhelmed by the support of the Cape May County business community who have donated items to the silent auction for our Community Pig Roast to Benefit Veronica’s Medical Fund.  A portion of all drink sales will also go to Veronica’s fund. Here’s a list of just some of the great items that will be available for bid:

Gift Basket from Sunset Liquors
$50 Gift Certificate to Nauti Spirits
Gift Basket with Nauti Spirits Vodka and 4 Martini Glasses provided by Green Monkey Vintage
Gift Basket with 8 Pilsner Glasses from Green Monkey Vintage & beer provided by Sunset Liquors
Dinner for Two at the Grange at Cold Spring Village
$50 Gift Certificate to the Merion Inn
Tour & Tasting for Two at Cape May Winery
Tasting for Two at Willow Creek Winery
8 Oyster Shucking Boards from John Hassay
Exit Zero Gift Basket ($100 Value)
$25 Gift Certificate to George’s Place
Framed Original Art by Janet Payne
$50 Gift Certificate to FINS
5 Class Pass to Itswell Yoga
Framed Original Photo by John Cooke Photography
Gift Box from Cape May Honey
Germain-Robin XO Brandy donated by JB & Brendan Wheatley
Gift Cards from Harpoons on the Bay
Gift Certificate to Givens Circle

Nauti Spirits Distillery’s New Fall Hours

October 6, 2017

After Columbus Day, Nauti Spirits will have new Fall operating hours! We’ll be open Thursday through Sunday, Noon – 9 PM. But just because we’re open fewer days, doesn’t mean there’s less going on! Watch this space or check our website for updates on New Cocktails, Music and Special Events!

Pig Roast Fundraiser for Veronica’s Medical Expenses

October 4, 2017

On Sunday, October 22 from 3-7PM, we’ll be hosting a fundraiser to help Veronica with the costs of the intensive medical care that she received after her catastrophic automobile accident. Tickets for the event will be $55 and will include a pig roast (with vegetarian option available), 2 seasonal draft cocktails, and pumpkin painting. We’ll have live music and are planning a silent auction showcasing our local community.  Nauti Spirits is also donating a portion of all drink sales. Buy a ticket here.

As small business owners in Cape May County, we depend on employees of all kinds to keep up with the demand of our tourism-based economy including seasonal and part-time positions, as well as the full-time team members that make our businesses more like family.

This past June one of our family members, our Apprentice Distiller, Veronica, was involved in a near-fatal car accident on the parkway. After being airlifted to Atlantic Care, Veronica spent 6 days in the ICU and was treated for pneumonia due to aspiration. Her left arm was shattered and will require multiple surgeries & plates to repair. Her rehabilitation is ongoing & extensive and due to a lapse in coverage for this catastrophic event, the resulting medical bills have climbed to a point where she needs our help.

Veronica has made a miraculous recovery from her injuries thus far, and we’re so glad to have her back with us at Nauti Spirits. Now, we’re reaching out to you, our neighbors and friends, in the hopes that you can help our family in this time of need.

Please consider contributing to the cause in whatever way you can, and help us show Veronica Cape May County’s community values.

How to help:

Donate an item/gift certificate/tour for the Silent Auction.
Purchase a ticket for the event, and join us!
Donate to our GoFund Me fundraiser.
Share our Facebook Event and spread the word.

Interested in donating? Give us a call at 609-770-3381, and we’ll be happy to pick up your contribution. Thank you for your time and consideration, it means the world to our distillery family, and especially Veronica.

-The Crew at Nauti Spirits Distillery

Bastard Sons of Captain Mey Live in the Tasting Room at Nauti Spirits

September 25, 2017

Support local makers and shakers at Nauti Spirits this Friday, September 29! We all know that locally made spirits pair best with local music, and of course local food. Stop by the tasting room for live music from The Bastard Sons of Captain Mey who began swapping sounds and instruments at a Cape May BBQ in 2015. Since then, they’ve become a fixture of the Cape May music scene drawing crowds from around the county. Need more motivation? Empanada Mama’s will be serving up their famous empanadas at the pop-up stand on the preserved farm adjacent to the distillery premises. We’ve got everything you need for a fun-filled night with family & friends. Our outside patios are dog-friendly so don’t forget Fido. Music starts at 6pm.

What’s New at Our Cape May Distillery? Matt’s Macerations!

September 15, 2017

When visiting Cape May’s farm to bottle distillery, Nauti Spirits, you may wonder to yourself; ‘how can they pack such powerful flavor into a single cocktail?’ While there are many complex steps that go into crafting our farm fresh spirits and developing each unique flavor profile, the real magic happens when our head bartender, Matt Reeves, concocts his famous macerations and mixtures. Whether you’re sipping the Shunpike Punch with its subtle flavors of lemon, lime, and pineapple, or indulging your sweet tooth with the fresh peach maceration in the Movin’ to the Country, you’re sure to notice the bursting Jersey fresh-ness. Here, Matt dishes out the secret to developing flavorful syrups for spiking your spirits:

Oleo-Saccharum Syrup:

Many things in our modern day are rushed and hurried, and strenuous steps are unfortunately skipped over for convenience sake. Potential palatable pleasures are lost and forgotten. Here in the tasting room, we strive for excellence and are committed to keeping things fresh, exciting, and fun. We embrace evolution and innovation and constantly learn from our (believe it or not) mistakes. These special syrups take some time and patience to pull off. Dylan, Brent and I dread the depletion of the Oleo-Saccharum Syrups. Their anticipated absence signals to us that we are going to be perched over a twenty-liter bucket hand peeling oranges or grapefruits for a good hour or so. But it’s time well spent.

An Oleo-Saccharum (Oil-Sugar) is a crucial ingredient in the making of traditional punches and adds an unmistakable depth to a good number of the signature cocktails that we serve in our tasting room. We produce this Oil-Sugar by covering the rinds of the citrus fruits with sugar overnight. This procedure pulls the citrus oil from the rinds, resulting in an Oil-Sugar mixture rich with flavor beyond what a simple syrup or fruit juice would give. We then reintroduce the fruit juice to the Oil-Sugar making the Oleo-Saccharum Syrup which you enjoy in our tasting room. So, next time you’re imbibing the Cold Spring Crush, Shunpike Punch, or Signal Hill Swizzle remember this didn’t just happen overnight…well sort of.


Matt Reeves

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September 4, 2017
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Nauti Spirits is your destination for Labor Day Weekend Libations. Take one of our Behind the Stills Tours to learn how we craft our sweet potato Vodka and our recently released Gin and Straw Rum before heading to the tasting room for a sample & farm fresh cocktail.