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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

Vitick Sorghum Switchel Cocktail

Roundstone Switchel Cocktail

We had the pleasure of hosting Jill Vitick, of Vitick's Switchel, in our tasting room this month.  Jill brought in several jars of switchel, which is an old colonial farm drink.  A mixture of honey, maple, or sorghum, vinegar, and other spices, switchel was the "Gatorade" of its day:  a cool, refreshing energy boost after a hard day's labor.

Of course, we turn things like this into cocktails!  Here is our cocktail with her sorghum switchel.

1 oz Roundstone Rye
½ oz Sorghum Switchel
¼ oz barrel aged maple syrup
dash of black walnut bitters
garnish with an orange twist

Vitick Maple Switchel Cocktail

Mosby's Switchel Cocktail

We had the pleasure of hosting Jill Vitick, of Vitick's Switchel, in our tasting room this month.  Jill brought in several jars of switchel, which is an old colonial farm drink.  A mixture of honey, maple, or sorghum, vinegar, and other spices, switchel was the "Gatorade" of its day:  a cool, refreshing energy boost after a hard day's labor.

Of course, we turn things like this into cocktails!  Here is our cocktail with her maple switchel.

1 oz Mosby's Spirit
½ oz Maple Syrup Switchel
¼ oz simple syrup
¼ oz lime juice
Ginger beer
Lime peel

Combine Mosby's Spirit, switchel, syrup and lime juice, and top with ginger beer. Garnish with lime peel.

The Benchley

The Benchley

Here is a fantastic brunch cocktail from DrinkTonight, one of my favorite Instagram accounts based in DC.  They feature fantastic cocktail recipes with various local spirits. Find them on Instagram at www.instagram.com/drinktonight.

Introducing your favorite new brunch cocktail. Another unique, delicious recipe courtesy of our friends over at @12bottlebar, The Benchley is similar to The Algonquin — rye, dry vermouth, and pineapple juice. Add some flavors from Sriracha and you have yourself a drink that is savory, sweet, strong, and everything you want at brunch. I added lemon juice from their recipe for some acidity to balance the pineapple, but if you omit its closer to their recipe.

1½ oz Roundstone Rye
¾ oz dry vermouth
¾ oz Pineapple Sriracha Syrup
Juice of a half lemon

Combine all over ice and strain into a rocks glass with ice. Lemon peel garnish.

Recipe and photo by DrinkTonight, and used with permission.

Blush Gimlet

Blush Gimlet

2 oz Watershed Gin
1 oz sage simple syrup*
1 oz unsweetened grapefruit juice (fresh squeezed is best)
sage for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a sage leaf.

*Sage Simple Syrup

Combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup of water and several leaves of sage.  Cook on low heat for a couple hours, strain and save in the fridge for up to two months.

Thyme Collins

Thyme Collins

This cocktail comes to us from Kevin W Collins on Instagram as @kevinwcollins, who spends his time crafting cocktails using many locally provided spirits.  We're grateful for people like him!

The Thyme Collins is very similar to our previous Watershed Thyme Gimlet, but with the presence of the soda water, a light and refreshing drink for the heat of summer.

2 oz Watershed Gin
¾ oz lemon juice
½ oz thyme simple syrup*

Stir to combine the strain into Collins glass over ice. Top with club soda and garnish with fresh thyme.

*Thyme simple syrup

Combine 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water, and several sprigs of thyme. Cook on low heat for 2-3 hours. A crockpot works fabulously for this.

Recipe and photo courtesy @kevinwcollins and used with permission.

The Middleman

The Middleman

This cocktail comes to us courtesy @fletcher_whiskeydog on Instagram, one of our favorite accounts for all things whiskey and cocktails.  He writes:

After doing some planning today for the next cocktail challenge, I thought it'd be fun to mix up the winning recipe from the first challenge. The "Middleman", submitted by @timmergund, is one crisp, refreshing cocktail! I used @catoctincreek cask strength 2-year rye, which really cuts through a cocktail nicely. Cheers y'all!

1½ oz Roundstone Rye Cask Proof
¾ oz Velvet Falernum
¾ oz fresh lime juice
¾ oz Green Chartreuse
2 dashes orange bitters

Shake and strain and serve with lime wheel garnish.

Photo courtesy @fletcher_whiskeydog, recipe courtesy @timmergund, and both used with permission.

Whatever You Say I Yam

Whatever You Say I Yam

1½ oz Roundstone Rye Whisky
1 oz sweet potato shrub*
½ oz lemon juice
1 egg white
2 dashes Jerry Thomas Bitters

Add all the ingredients except for the egg white in a Boston shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain into the smaller part of the shaker, pour out the ice and add the egg white to the smaller part of the shaker. Add two dashes of Jerry Thomas Decanter Bitters into a chilled coupe and coat the inside of the coupe. Shake the cocktail again very vigorously and pour into the chilled coupe. Enjoy!

*Sweet potato shrub

Preheat the oven for 300 degrees. Peel and chop a sweet potato. Place pieces on a baking sheet covered in parchment. Bake for one hour. While sweet potato is baking, prepare 4 cups of 1:1 simple syrup. Puree the baked sweet potatoes with the syrup and add ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar to the mixture. Allow to cool before using. Store for up to 1 month in the fridge.

Courtesy Chad Robinson, and used with permission.

Wild Oats

Whisky Dinner Wine Kitchen

This cocktail was one of the favorites of our recent St. Patrick's Day Spirits Dinner at The Wine Kitchen on the Creek in Frederick, Maryland.  Perhaps the most surprising flavor in this cocktail is the infusion of the oats into the gin.  It gives the cocktail a warm, very satisfying flavor and texture.

2 oz Oat-infused Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin*
1 oz Strawberry syrup**
3-5 coins of rhubarb
Sparkling water

Strawberry garnish

Muddle the rhubarb in the strawberry syrup.  Add the gin and shake with ice.  Strain to a rocks glass with ice.  Top with sparkling water and garnish with a strawberry.

*Oat-infused Watershed Gin

2 c Oats
2 c Watershed Gin

Mix/infuse the oats in the gin.  Steep the mixture for 24-48 hours.

Separate the oats from the gin.  (Let the solids settle from the gin, then pour through a coffee filter.)

**Strawberry Syrup

1½ c sugar
1 c water
6-8 chopped strawberries.

Combine sugar with water, bring to a boil. Steep the chopped strawberries in the syrup for 20-25 minutes.  Remove strawberries.

Recipe courtesy The Wine Kitchen, and used with permission.

Cocktails from the Wine Kitchen Dinner

Catoctin Rabbit

These cocktails were from our recent St. Patrick's Day Spirits Dinner at The Wine Kitchen on the Creek in Frederick, Maryland. They were fun, original, and totally delicious with the dinner menu for the evening.

If you've not been to one of our dinners, whether at the distillery, or at one of our favorite restaurants, you're really missing out! 

These recipes don't include exact measurements or quantities, so a little experimentation will be needed to get the proportions just right.  But that's okay; experimenting is fun!

Catoctin Rabbit

Watershed Gin | carrot juice | lime | ginger | honey | juniper | carrot top garnish

1 oz. Watershed Gin
½ oz. carrot juice
¼ oz. honey, ginger, and juniper infused syrup (let all ingredients steep in a crock pot for a few hours)
¼ oz. lime juice
garnish with carrot top or parsley

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Albino Scorpion

1757 Virginia Brandy | rum | coconut milk | lime juice | lime wheel garnish

2 oz. 1757 Virginia Brandy
1 oz. Coconut milk
¼ oz. lime juice
1 tsp rum extract or 1 oz white rum
garnish with lime wheel

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Clearly Manhattan

Mosby's Spirit | dry vermouth | coffee simple syrup | candied rhubarb garnish

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Wild Oats

Watershed Gin infused with oats | strawberry simple syrup | sparkling H2O

Read the full recipe for this cocktail, here.

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Hoot Owl

Roundstone Rye | Hitochino beer | lime

This one is like a boilermaker meets Corona on the beach.  Fun!

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Pecan Pie

Brown butter fat-washes Roundstone Rye | pecan | brown sugar syrup

 

Recipes courtesy The Wine Kitchen, and used with permission.

March Cocktails

March Cocktails

We started something new in our tasting room starting in March this year.  After numerous requests, we are now pouring cocktails by the glass.  Our menu for March includes a few perennial favorites, including the Balsamic Berry Old Fashioned and the Bloody Mosby, but we also include four new cocktails.  One of our managers, Addie, came up with these.  She prefers her cocktails on the less-sweet side, so if you like a crisp, refreshing cocktail, these will hit the spot.

Fox Mulder

1½ Roundstone Rye
¾ oz lemon juice
¼ oz pineapple juice
½ simple syrup
½ Green Chartreuse

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker of ice, stir and strain into a rocks glass with ice.  Garnish with lemon peel.

Cocktail courtesy liquor.com and contributed by Matt Merkin.

Blueberry Shrub

1½ Mosby's Spirit
1 oz Blueberry syrup (blueberry preserves + hot water)
½ oz Element Lemon Mint shrub
Garnish with whole blueberries

Jasmine Gin Fizz

1½ Watershed Gin
1 oz Jasmine tea
½ oz honey simple syrup
¼ oz lemon juice
Garnish with lemon peel

James Bond Martini

(Not to be confused with our Ghost of Vesper Lynd cocktail.)

2 oz Watershed Gin
1 oz dry white vermouth (such as Lillet Blanc)
Garnish with olive.

Dude, Where's My Bikeshare

Dude, Where's My Bikeshare?

This cocktail wins in the category of "Best Name Ever!"  The drink is the creation of Fabian Malone, bartender at Alfie's on Georgia Avenue in the Petworth neighborhood in DC.  With a name like "Alfie's," you might expect an old-school Italian family restaurant, or even an American burgers and fries joint.  What you don't expect is a place with Thai food so authentic, you'd think you were on the streets in Bangkok. (The bartenders will cheerfully help you through the menu, if needed.)  Mix that with totally hip modern cocktails, a culturally diverse staff (just minutes north of Howard University), and banging Reggae on the house speakers, and you have a place that is quintessentially DC.  

Fabian's cocktail is as diverse as it's environs:  mixing cachaça, cardamom pods, pineapple, and of course, Roundstone Rye in a cocktail-- you get the feel of a tropical night in Phuket, where the rye actually plays the leading role as a replacement for rum!

I dunno, but after drinking a few of these, my head was spinning as fast as the Reggae.  God Bless the District!

1 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 oz Avua Cachaça Prata
½ oz simple syrup
4 crushed cardamom pods
½ oz lime juice
2 dashes Bitter Truth aromatic bitters
1 oz pineapple juice
Pineapple wedge to garish

Combine the Roundstone Rye, Cachaça, lime and pineapple juices over ice in a shaker.  Break and crumble the cardamom pods into the shaker and cover with the simple to infuse them a little into the sugar.  Shake vigorously until foamy, and then double strain into a coupe, garnish with a wedge of pineapple.

Recipe courtesy Fabian Malone, and used with permission.

Corned Beef with Rye Whiskey Sauce

This recipe is courtesy Carol Melim of A Passion for Entertaining:

I have to admit, every March I have a yearning for Corned Beef. It must be the draw of St. Patrick’s Day and celebrating Irish traditions. Even though I don’t have an ounce of Irish in me, I love a traditional Irish dinner. This one is a bit different, instead of purchasing a brined brisket, I brine my own. Easy to do, it takes seven days in the refrigerator. The brine is comprised of spices and salt. Then simply rinse the beef and boil the beef for three hours, then roast and baste with the most delicious whiskey sauce. Perfect to serve with boiled potatoes, carrots and cabbage. I also used my favorite local Rye Whiskey from Catoctin Creek Distillery in Virginia. It is so good you will want to make again and again!

Corned Beef

NOTE: This recipe must be started seven days prior to serving.

1 cup salt
¼ cup sugar
8 cups water
2 bay leaves
4 peppercorns
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon pickling spice
1 4 pound beef brisket

The following are used when cooking the brisket:
2 bays leaves
4 peppercorns
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Rye whisky sauce (see below)

  1. In a 2 gallon zip bag combine salt, water, 2 bays leaves, peppercorns, garlic and pickling spices. Stir to combine, add beef. Zip bag closed. I always double bag my brisket. Refrigerate for seven days, turning over each day.
  2. After seven days, remove brisket from brine and rinse thoroughly under cold water. Put in a large stockpot and cover with water. Add the remaining 2 bay leaves, 4 peppercorns and garlic. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat, cover and cook for 3 hours or until tender. Remove brisket from water and place on a rack in a roasting pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, fat side up. Baste every 7 - 10 minutes with Rye whisky sauce (see below). Slice thinly and serve with remaining sauce.

Rye Whiskey Sauce

¾ cup Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye whisky
1½ cups brown sugar
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
¾ cup apple juice

Mix until smooth

Courtesy Carol Melim and used with permission.

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