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Patowmack Peach Water RyeHuzzah!  for the return of the cocktail!

Catoctin Creek spirits are excellent as mixers.  Many old American cocktails called for rye, and Roundstone Rye is a sweet and very nice rye which pairs nicely with freshly made cocktails.  Or try Mosby's Spirit for a new angle on whisky, or in many recipes calling for vodka and rum.  And with Watershed Gin, you have a modern gin that places nicely in all the classic gin cocktails.

And did you know that spirits are great in recipes too?  Here are a few recipes to whet your appetite.

That Gin Thing You Do

That Gin Thing You Do

This cocktail is one of our feature cocktails for our August dinner.

2 oz Watershed Gin
1 oz Elderflower liqueur
¼ oz fresh lime juice
⅛ oz local rosemary infused simple syrup
Prosecco to top

Combine all ingredients in a nick and nora glass, top with Prosecco, and garnish with a lime twist.

Courtesy of Denise Petty

Mosby Caliente

Mosby Caliente

This cocktail is one of our feature cocktails for our August dinner.

1½ oz Mosby's Spirit
¾ oz Ancho Reyes Chile
1 oz fresh lime juice
½ oz whisky barrel chip infused simple syrup

Combine all ingredients and pour into a rocks glass with a chile salt rim.

Courtesy of Denise Petty

Peche en Croute

Peche en Croute

This cocktail is one of our feature cocktails for our August dinner.

2 oz Short Hill Peach Brandy
½ oz Aperol
1 oz fresh orange juice
½ oz fresh lemon juice
orange/honey syrup* (for rimming)
turbinado sugar (for rimming)

Dip the rim of the glass in the orange/honey syrup, then into the turbinado sugar. Combine the first four ingredients over ice, and strain into the glass, being careful not to disturb the rim.

*Orange/Honey Syrup

1 oz fresh orange juice
2 oz local honey

Combine the two ingredients until well mixed.

Courtesy of Denise Petty

Luxe Rye Noir

Luxe Rye Noir

This cocktail is one of our feature cocktails for our August dinner.

2 oz Roundstone Rye 80 proof
½ oz fresh lemon juice
½ oz fresh orange juice
¼ oz Luxardo grenadine
dash of Angostura bitters

Combine first four ingredients and pour into a nick and nora glass, dash with Angostura bitters on top, with a brandied cherry garnish.

Courtesy of Denise Petty

Midsummer's Moon

Midsummer Moon

On August 21, 2017, we will have a full solar eclipse in the United States.  This won't happen again here for something like 100 years!  To celebrate, we created the Midsummer Moon cocktail.  We'll be drinking this and wearing our eclipse glasses when the end times come!

1½ Roundstone Rye
3 oz Ceylon black tea
¾ oz lemon juice
¾ oz ginger syrup
2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters
Lemon wedge garnish

Combine ingredients in a Nick and Nora glass with ice, and garnish with a lemon wedge and 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters.

Recipe courtesy Jen Coate.

Red, White and Blue Gimlet

Red, White and Blue Gimlet

This patriotic cocktail was featured in the tasting room for the month of July.

1 oz Watershed Gin
¾ oz blueberry lavender syrup*
½ oz fresh lime juice

Combine ingredients slowly over a bar spoon, to create layers, syrup first, then gin and lime, and top with seltzer. Garnish carefully with fresh blueberries, so as not to disturb the layers.

*Blueberry Lavender Syrup

11 oz bin of fresh blueberries, muddled
½ cup lavender flowers (food grade)
1 cup sugar
1 cup hot water

Combine all ingredients, let steep for 1 hour, strain out blueberries.

Recipe courtesy Denise Petty.

Catoctin Creek Bee's Knees

Catoctin Creek Bee's Knees

This cocktail comes to us from Sam Scarlett at the Wine Kitchen, and was one of our feature cocktails at our speakeasy dance party last month. If you missed the party, don't worry! We're going to do more coming up for Repeal Day and New Years Eve!

The proportions for this cocktail are that for a punch. Feel free to scale it down for personal consumption.

40oz Watershed Gin
10oz Lemon juice
10oz Honey syrup (equal parts honey and water cooked together)
20 dash Lavender Bitters

Combine all ingredients and use 40 small rosemary sprigs and 40 brandies/maraschino/etc cherries for garnishes.

Recipe courtesy Sam Scarlett.

Old Fashioned Whisky Cocktail

Scott and Alexa at the Speakeasy Party

This cocktail is a classic! This drink is the original cocktail, the forefather of them all. Legend has it that it came from a Confederate General who didn't like his whiskey neat, so he added sugar, bitters and water to it. Hence, the cocktail was born. Originally called the whiskey cocktail, and later the old fashioned whisky cocktail, it eventually ends up as just the old fashioned. Since its creation, it's gone through lots of variations (some of them painful). This is the original, and the one we like best... no fruit, no Sprite.

We are purists, after all.

2 oz Roundstone Rye
¾ oz rich simple syrup (2:1 sugar:water)
2-3 dashes Angostura bitters

Combine all ingredients with a heavy ice cube and serve in a rocks glass. Garnishment is optional, but keep it light.

Photo is of Scott and Alexa at our Catoctin Creek Speakeasy Party in 2017. Reward if found!

Brandy Rebellion

Brandy Rebellion

This cocktail comes to us from Sam Scarlett at the Wine Kitchen, and was one of our feature cocktails at our speakeasy dance party last month. If you missed the party, don't worry! We're going to do more coming up for Repeal Day and New Years Eve!

The proportions for this cocktail are that for a punch. Feel free to scale it down for personal consumption.

25 oz Apple Brandy
15 oz Roundstone Rye
15 oz Lime juice
7½ oz Grenadine
7½ oz Rich simple syrup (2:1 sugar to water)
30 dashes Angostura Bitters
15 dashes Orange Bitters

Combine all ingredients and garnish with apple wedges.

Recipe courtesy Sam Scarlett.

That Rye Nectar

That Rye Nectar

This cocktail comes to us from our new Tasting Room Manager, Denise Petty.  Denise is a Loudoun County native and joined our team in July.  She's a food and beverage pro, and we're so grateful to have her on our team.

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
¼ oz fresh lime juice
¼ oz local honey
​1 oz​ fresh, fine strained orange juice
3-4 drops of orange blossom water
garnish with orange peel and honey comb

Stir together fresh squeezed lime juice, local honey and Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye until honey is even throughout. Add fresh squeezed orange juice, use a fine strainer to remove all pulp and seeds. Shake vigorously with ice. Strain into glass, top with 3 to 4 drops of orange blossom water. Garnish with orange peel around honey comb.

Recipe courtesy Denise Petty

The Jitterbug Sour

Jitterbug Sour

The Jitterbug Sour is a classic cocktail from the Savoy cocktail book.  This one is brought to us by The Next Whiskey Bar at the infamous Watergate Hotel in Washington DC.

2 oz Roundstone Rye whisky
½ oz honey syrup (1:1 honey:water)
½ oz Benedictine
¾ oz lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and strain into a martini glass.

Prohibition Cocktails from Magnolia's

In April, Magnolia's hosted our Catoctin Creek cocktail dinner, and featured five excellent Prohibition-era and pre-Prohibition cocktails.

Here they are, for your enjoyment:

RoffignacRye Punch
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "Cask Proof"
Plum-ginger beer
Lemon juice
Lime juice
Soda
Cardamom bitters

Ramos Gin Fizz (Magnolia's Style)
Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
Lime juice
Aqua fava (chick pea liquid from the can)
Sugar
Orange flower water
Soda

Roffignac
Catoctin Creek 1757 Brandy
Raspberry shrub
Soda

Apple Brandy CrustaApple Brandy Crusta
Catoctin Creek Apple Brandy
Maraschino liqueur
Angostura bitters
Baked apple bitters
Lemon juice
Cointreau

Rye Shrub
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
Date and vanilla shrub
Cream

Recipes courtesy Matt Perkins, Magnolia's at the Mill, and used with permission.

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