Donato AlvarezDonato's cocktails each pay individual attention to the flavors of the three main spirits:  The Mosby's cocktail is refreshingly fruity, the Watershed Gin cocktail makes use of the delicious herbal notes in the gin, and the Roundstone cocktail is a take on an old-school rye cocktail.

Blue Moon

¾ oz Wild blueberry preserves
½ oz Lemon juice
1½ oz Mosby's Spirit
Basil garnish
Club soda

Combine everything in a mixing glass. Add ice and stir. Strain into glass of ice, garnish with basil and top with club soda.

Garden Elixir

1½ oz Watershed Gin
¾ Dill syrup
½ Lime juice
Bitters float
Dill garnish

Combine all ingredients in to shaker. Shake and strain in to glass of ice. Float the bitters, and garnish with dill.

Rye Me A River

1½ oz Roundstone Rye
¾ oz Velvet Falernum
¾ Lime juice
1 oz Cocchi Rosa
Cucumber garnish

Combine all ingredients in to shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass. Cucumber slice to garnish.

Donato's Cocktails

A delicious Pimms cup with our Watershed Gin.

2 oz Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
1 oz Pimms
0.5 oz homemade sparkling lemonade
Angostura bitters
Cucumber and mint garnish

Stir to combine with ice, strain and fill in a rocks glass on ice.

Courtesy Hannah Blymier.

We continually find that the best cocktails with Mosby's Spirit are those with fruit.  This one is light and refreshing, yet sophisticated.

2 oz Catoctin Creek Mosby's Spirit
1 oz Watermelon puree
0.5 oz Strong hibiscus tonic
Prosecco or sparkling cider
Basil leaf garnish

Stir to combine Mosby's Spirit, watermelon puree, and tonic with ice, strain and fill in a rocks glass on ice.  Top with Prosecco and garnish with basil.

Courtesy Hannah Blymier.

Ginger and rye. Ginger and rye. Oh, how I love ginger and rye!

2 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 oz sake
0.5 oz fresh orange juice
0.5 oz ginger simple syrup
0.5 oz peach syrup
Ginger beer

Stir to combine rye, sake, orange juice, ginger and peach syrups with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass and top with ginger beer.

Courtesy Hannah Blymier.

John Le CarreThis cocktail was sent to us from William Collier's in Nashville.  The pub is named for Chief Engineer of the Marathon Motor Car, William Henry Collier, William Collier's is a pub located in historic Marathon Village. They have a great selection of whiskey and beer, and their sandwiches are some of the best in Nashville. The drink is named after that great author of cold war spy fiction. Sip this one with your back against the wall and one eye on the door.

¾ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Cask Proof
¾ oz Bitter Truth EXR Krauter liqueur
¾ oz brandy (1757 Virginia Brandy is a solid choice, my friend)
barspoon of Benedictine
2 dashes Creole bitters
2 dashes Jerry Thomas decanter bitters
orange peel wrapped around a cherry on a skewer for garnish

Shake ingredients together and strain into an ice filled cocktail glass.  Garnish as pictured.

Courtesy William Collier's Pub and used with permission.

 

 

William Collier's Pub

Rye TyeThis was the feature cocktail by Catoctin Creek at the RAMMYS 2014.  We were honored to have been named finalists in the Best Producer category, and to celebrate, Chad Robinson created a specialty cocktail just for the event.  Think Mai Tai but with rye!   You'd never guess there wasn't rum in this drink!

1 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 oz Catoctin Creek Mosby's Spirit
¾ oz lime juice
½ oz Pierre Ferrand dry Curaçao
¼ oz Fee Brothers Orgeat syrup
¼ part rich simple syrup (2 parts sugar, 1 part water)
Mint and lime garnish

Shake ingredients together and strain into an ice filled glass.  Garnish with lime and a sprig of mint.

Courtesy Chad Robinson.

Trevor FryeTrevor Frye's cocktails make use of some unique techniques, like using a red wine float as a garnish, and using a smoker to give a new dimension to a traditional old cocktail.  Be sure to check her out at Wildwood Kitchen in Bethesda, Maryland.

New Fashioned

2 oz Roundstone Rye
¼ oz simple syrup
3 dashes Jerry Thomas Own Decanter Bitters
Velvet Falernum rinse

Rinse rocks glass with Velvet Falernum.

Combine rye, simple syrup, and bitters in a mixing glass. Add ice and stir.

Discard velvet Falernum. Pour in to glass and garnish with lemon peel.

Beez Sneeze

1½ oz Watershed Gin
¾ Honey
¾ peppercorn infused lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in to shaker. Shake and double strain in to chilled couple. Orange peel to garnish.

Berry Nice to Meet You

2 oz Mosby's Spirit
1 oz strawberry syrup
½ oz orange juice
Blackberries to garnish

Combine all ingredients in to shaker with ice. Shake and double strain in to chilled martini glass. Blackberry to garnish.

Trevor's Cocktails

Another delightful play on a traditional margarita, but again, with Mosby's Spirit guiding the way.

2 oz Catoctin Creek Mosby's Spirit, infused with jalapeño
2 oz Fresh lime juice
1 oz Agave syrup
Cilantro garnish

Stir to combine with ice, strain and fill in a salt-rimmed glass, and garnish with a cilantro leaf. Adjust jalapeño more or less to taste.

Courtesy Hannah Blymier.

Definitely not kosher, but oh, so lovely, if you enjoy bacon.  If not, skip the pork and just enjoy the rye.

2 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye, infused with cooked bacon
1 oz Maple syrup
1 oz Fresh orange juice
Angostura bitters
Orange twist garnish

Stir to combine with ice, strain and fill in a cocktail glass, and garnish with a orange twist.

Courtesy Hannah Blymier.

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