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Hooray for the return of the cocktail!

Catoctin Creek spirits are excellent neat, but also very nice in cocktails. Many classic American cocktails call for rye, and Roundstone Rye is a faithful reproduction of 19th century rye whisky that would have been common in old classics like the Manhattan, Sazerac, and Old Fashioned. With Watershed Gin, you have a great cocktail for Gimlets, Martinis, French 75's, and much, much more.

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Patowmack Peach Water Rye

Virt & Earth

Virt and Earth

2 oz Beet infused Watershed Gin
1 oz Campari
1 oz Carpano Antica Vermouth
splash of pomegranate juice

Stir and pour over a large ice ball in a rocks glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

Courtesy Lauren Barrett.

A Long Way to the Pasture

A Long Way to the Pasture

1½ oz Roundstone Rye
1 oz pineapple juice (fresh pressed)
½ oz lemon juice (fresh pressed)
½ oz lime juice (fresh pressed)
½ oz simple syrup infused with dried guajillo peppers

Shake all ingredients and pour into a Nick and Nora glass over ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Courtesy Lauren Barrett.

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas Negroni

White Christmas Negroni

This cocktail is a fun "bianco" take on the Negroni, using white bitter liqueur and clear vermouth.  We add some sweetness from the stevia to counterbalance the dry vermouth in the recipe, without adding any calories.  The stevia also adds a nice herbal element and a touch more bitterness, which in this cocktail is desired.

Scott recommends this cocktail with an accompaniment of Burt Bacharach on vinyl.  Sublime!

1½ oz thyme-infused Watershed Gin
1 oz Salers Aperitif
1 oz Noily Prat dry vermouth
1-2 dashes orange bitters
½ oz housemade stevia tea (for sweetness, use simple syrup as an alternative)

Combine all in shaker, pour over a large rock in a rocks glass.

A Scott Harris original cocktail.

Charlie #4

Charlie #4

This cocktail is one submitted by Charlie Berkinshaw from Element Shrub.  We were very happy to see the DMV area prominently featured in the 2018 Good Food Awards, with Element Shrub, Embitterment Bitters, and Catoctin Creek all named as finalists. This cocktail celebrates those wins, with a delicious take on local ingredients.

2 oz fig-infused Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
¾ oz Element Chai Pear shrub
1-2 dashes Embitterment chocolate bitters

Combine all ingredients in shaker with ice, stir and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a brandied cherry and/or a fig slice.

Courtesy Element Shrub and used with permission.

The Chesapeake Bay Cocktail

This cocktail comes to us from The Cocktail Artist, Christopher & Beth Cowie.  You can check out Christopher and Beth's work at their site thecocktailartist.blogspot.com or on Instagram @thecocktailartist.

Having received a lovely painting and card from them over the weekend, I wanted to share this delightful cocktail from their site:

The Chesapeake Bay is well known for its seafood - particularly crabs. It's a summer ritual in Maryland to enjoy a bucket of steamed Chesapeake Bay crabs caked with Old Bay Seasoning. Old Bay has been produced in Maryland since 1939. It is a spice blend with a very distinct flavor - which includes paprika, pepper and celery salt. Old Bay no longer seems limited to crabs, and it has been showing up in some new and interesting places, in mayonnaise, beer, and in chocolate, among others. We decided to get on board this Old Bay renaissance and give it a try in a cocktail, and we were pretty pleased with the results.

Our Chesapeake Bay cocktail uses r hisky and aquavit. We have tried it with several ryes, and particularly like how Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye works with the other ingredients. This rye is produced in Virgnia, not far from the Chesapeake, so in addition to giving the cocktail the right flavor, it seems like a pretty good fit geographically.

2 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
¾ oz Linie Aquavit
½ oz Old Bay simple syrup*
2 dashes orange bitters

In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine all the ingredients. Shake for 15 seconds, and strain into an old fashioned glass with a large ice cube. Garnish with an orange twist.

*Old Bay simple syrup

Add ½ cup of water, ½ cup of honey, and 3 tsp of Old Bay seasoning to saucepan. Stir until syrup begins to boil, and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heatj and cool to room temperature. Transfer syrup to a jar and keep refrigerated for up to 2 months. Shake well before using.

Courtesy The Cocktail Artist, Christopher and Beth Cowie, links above.

White Manhattan

White Manhattan

This one comes to us from @spiderwitchfam on Instagram.  A lovely study in clear beverages.

2 oz Catoctin Creek white unaged rye spirit
½ oz Carpano Bianco vermouth
½ tsp Laphroaig Quarter Cask
1-2 dashes Jack Rudy Aromatic Bitters

Stir, serve up or over a rock.

Photo and recipe courtesy D.E. Wittkower and used with permission.

Loudoun Rye

Loudoun Rye

One of the feature cocktails for Virginia Spirits Month 2017. This one comes to us from Rebecca Dudley, proprietor at Market Table Bistro in Lovettsville, Virginia.

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
½ oz elderflower liqueur
1 lemon wedge
1 tsp rhubarb jam
1 oz Cava (or other sparkling wine)

Squeeze & drop lemon wedge in shaker with ice. Add rye, elderflower and jam shake well. Strain into coupe glass and top with sparkling wine.

Courtesy Rebecca Dudley.

Trick Question

Trick Question

One of the feature cocktails for Virginia Spirits Month 2017.  This is an easy-drinking crushed ice drink that is presented in tiki style.

1 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 oz Sunset Hills Gin
¼ oz Luxardo
Maraschino liqueur
¼ oz Mt. Defiance Cassis Liqueuer
¾ oz Cointreau
¾ oz Lemon Juice
½ oz Simple Syrup

Build all ingredients in a 14+oz Tumbler or pint glass. Add crushed ice halfway, and “swizzle” with a bois lele (natural swizzle stick) or agitate agressively with a bar spoon. Add crushed ice to fill. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Courtesy Derek Salerno of Shagbark, Richmond, VA.

Almond Breeze

Almond Breeze

One of the feature cocktails for Virginia Spirits Month 2017.  This drink came about because I knew I wanted to create a cocktail that kept some of the traditional flavors of tiki drinks, but used rye as the base spirit. I wanted to find a way to encourage people who wouldn’t normally have a whiskey drink to try something new.

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
½ oz Allspice Dram
¾ oz lemon juice
½ oz pineapple shrub
⅓ oz orgeat syrup

Shake all ingredients and serve over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Courtesy of Melissa Smith of the Rappahannock Oyster Bar, Washington DC.

Stablemate

Stablemate

One of the feature cocktails for Virginia Spirits Month 2017.  A balanced, spiced whiskey cocktail that’s perfect for late summer or early fall.

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
½ oz St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram
¾ oz Burnt Local Honey*
¾ oz lemon juice
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Add all ingredients to shaker, add ice, shake. Double-strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon peel, expressing the oils into the glass first.

*Burnt Local Honey

3 cups local honey
1 cup water

Pour honey into a small saucepan and heat it up at the medium heat setting, whisking continuously. Once it’s simmering, turn down to low heat. Continue whisking until the honey darkens to a deep, golden brown. Add the water to the pan, whisk it all together to homogenize, then remove from heat. Allow to cool completely. Store in a clean container and keep refrigerated. Yield: About 1 qt.

Courtesy Alec Spidalieri of Junction, Charlottesville, VA.

Bramblin' Man

Bramblin' Man

One of the feature cocktails for Virginia Spirits Month 2017.  The Bramblin’ Man came to be after finding some amazing blackberries at our local farmers market. With blackberry cordial as the centerpiece of this cocktail, we use catoctin creek gin for its exceptionally floral notes as a foundation. Then we acidify and add a touch of violet sweetness, and round it out with a hit of absinthe and bitters for a boozy, fruity kick. Prosecco adds the effervescence and dryness to make this cocktail a perfect patio sipper.

2 oz Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
¾ oz Blackberry Cordial
½ oz Lemon Juice
¼ oz Creme de Violette
1 dash Absinthe
1 dash Peach Bitters
1 oz Prosecco
1 sprig of thyme (For Garnish)

Combine all ingredients except Prosecco in a shaker and shake over ice. Double strain into a chilled coupe and top with prosecco. Garnish with sprig of thyme.

Courtesy Jake Rice of Brine, Fairfax, VA.

District Saz

District Saz

One of the feature cocktails for Virginia Spirits Month 2017.  An earthy interpretation of a Sazerac, featuring Catoctin Creek Rye, Birch Beer syrup made from local birch bark, and a peaty rinse of Laphroig. Served up in a glencairn glass. A great introduction to fall with a zesty and savory cocktail.

1¾ oz Catoctin Creek Rye
¼ oz Benedictine
1 tsp Birch Bark Syrup
Laphroig 10 Year Scotch (For Rinse)
Lemon Peel (For Garnish)

Combine Rye, Benedictine, and Birch Bark Syrup in a mixing glass and stir until chilled. Rinse a glencairn glass with Laphroig 10 Year and dump. Express the lemon peel over the cocktail then discard.

Courtesy Jake Rice of Brine, Fairfax, VA.

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