A smokey twist on the Old Fashioned, what we call "The Churchill." This cocktail features an excellent Lapsang souchong tea from Dominion Tea (just down the street from the distillery!). Lapsang souchong is a black tea, traditionally dried with pinewood, which imparts a delicious smokiness.
Winston Churchill reportedly enjoyed putting a peated scotch in his tea, but I'm quite sure that's only because he couldn't get his hands on our Roundstone Rye.
We top that off with fantastic chocolate bitters from Embitterment and a house made cocktail cherry.
1 oz Roundstone Rye
½ oz Lapsang syrup*
Dash of chocolate bitters
Brandied cocktail cherry for garnish
Combine the ingredients in a rocks glass with a big chunk of ice and garnish with the cherry.
Steep simering simple syrup with loose leaf lapsang souchong tea for about 10 minutes. Strain out the tea leaves after steeping.
Recipe courtesy Jonathan Coate.