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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

A Snowy Orchard

This one is a nice cocktail before dinner, or with an appetizer course.

2 oz Watershed Gin
1 oz fresh apple juice (preferably from green apples like Granny Smith)
½ oz St. Germaine
small apple slice for garnish

Shake all the ingredients in a shaker of ice, and strain into a small martini glass.  Garnish with apple slice.

Courtesy Suzanne Lenzer, Microshiner magazine.

Jerry Thomas Toddy

Jerry Thomas Toddy

In the annals of time, Jerry Thomas will go down as one of the most important bartenders.  He created many of the drinks we still enjoy today (the Tom Collins, Tom and Jerry, to name just a couple).  Jerry Thomas, more importantly, in 1862 put pen to paper, and is credited as the first person to capture the until-then oral history of the great American cocktail.  This cocktail is an early American toddy, a great cocktail to warm you up on a cold colonial night.  Though the recipe is deceptively simple, the cocktail is deeply satisfying.

1 tsp sugar (we'll use honey)
3-4 oz hot water
2 oz Roundstone Rye whisky
nutmeg, orange slice

Combine the sugar (or honey) and hot water in a mug or punch glass until the sugar is dissolved.  Add 2 oz of Roundstone Rye, then add an orange slice and a few scrapings of fresh nutmeg.  Enjoy immediately!

Killing Me Softly

Killing Me Softly

This cocktail was the feature dessert cocktail at our 2016 Valentine's Day Dinner at the distillery.  It is sweet and bubbly, and perfect for a final night-cap.

1-2 oz of Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy (or Pearousia Pear Brandy, 1757 Grape Brandy, or Quarter Branch Apple Brandy, to taste)
1 oz of raspberry syrup (steep raspberries in equal parts sugar and water for several hours)
Sparking apple cider, Prosecco, Champagne, or Cava
Raspberries for garnish

Add one or two ounces of brandy to the bottom of a Champagne flute, along with an ounce of raspberry syrup.  Top with chilled sparkling wine or cider, and garnish with one or two raspberries.

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The name of this cocktail has nothing to do with the ingredients... all of them are lovely.  This particular cocktail is based on the "Clint Eastwood" cocktail, an Old Fashioned variant found at The Violet Hour in Chicago, courtesy bartender Mike Ryan.

2 oz Mosby's Spirit
¼ oz rich simple syrup
⅛ oz Strong Tonic hibiscus syrup
⅛ oz fresh berry syrup (steep summer berries in simple in a crock pot for several hours)
⅛ oz Green Chartreuse
dash of Angostura bitters

Combine ingredients in a glass of ice, stir and strain into a rocks glass with a nice big ice cube.  Garnish with a lemon peel.

Roundstone in Broadbeach

Rye Not Roundstone

Rory Lenihan, mixologist at Social Eating House and Bar, is now serving Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "92 Proof".  Social Eating House is located in Broadbeach, on the Gold Coast in Australia, south of Brisbane.  

We must remember that although Winter is Coming here at home, in the Land of Oz, they're heading into high summer!  Hence this lovely tropical cocktail!

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "92 Proof"
½ oz Apricot brandy
¼ oz Banana liquor
¼ oz Lime infused brown sugar syrup
Whiskey aged barrel bitters

Combine ingredients and serve up in a cocktail glass with a lime peel.  

Quantities above are my own estimation, but hopefully pretty close. Your mileage may vary.  Feel free to adjust proportions to your own liking.  And cheers! 

Vermilion's Watershed Gin Cocktail

Vermilion #2

This cocktail was the featured Watershed Gin cocktail at Vermilion for their Catoctin Creek Autumn Cocktail Tasting event.  Head mixologist Jeff Faile created the cocktails to pair with small tapas bites for a wonderful evening of food and cocktails.

1 oz Watershed Gin
½ oz salted honey syrup
½ oz Yellow Chartreuse
½ oz fresh lemon juice
Lemon peel garnish

Combine the Watershed Gin, honey syrup, Chartreuse, and lemon in a shaker of ice.  Stir and strain into a coupe glass and garnish with lemon peel.

Cocktail courtesy Jeff Faile of Vermilion in Alexandria, Virginia.

Vermilion Mosby's Cocktail

Vermilion #1

This cocktail was the featured Mosby's Spirit cocktail at Vermilion for their Catoctin Creek Autumn Cocktail Tasting event.  Head mixologist Jeff Faile created the cocktails to pair with small tapas bites for a wonderful evening of food and cocktails.

1 oz Mosby's Spirit
½ oz Belle de Brillet pear brandy liqueur
½ oz fresh lime juice
Top with Cava, Prosecco or Champagne
Lime peel garnish

Combine the Mosby's Spirit, Belle de Brillet and lime in a shaker of ice.  Stir and strain into a Champagne flute and top with bubbly.

Cocktail courtesy Jeff Faile of Vermilion in Alexandria, Virginia.

Walnut Old Fashioned

Walnut Old Fashioned

One sip of this cocktail and you'll be thinking, "Thank God, Fall is here!"  This recipe is a version of the cocktail created by Paul Taylor at Southern Efficiency, for the Smithsonian "Mind of a Critic" event held in October.  We love the use of the Nocino from Don Ciccio, a DC-based distillery producing liqueurs from old family recipes from the Amalfi coast in Italy.

2 oz Roundstone Rye whisky
½ oz honey syrup*
½ oz Don Ciccio Nocino (walnut liqueur)
Dash of Angostura aromatic bitters

Combine the ingredients in a rocks glass with a big ice cube, stirring gently.

*Honey Syrup
Combine equal parts local honey and hot water. Stir to combine and store for up to three months in the refrigerator.

Recipe courtesy Paul Taylor of Southern Efficiency.

October Tasting Room Cocktails

October Cocktails

With the spirits of Halloween in the air... here are some spooky cocktails for all you ghouls and gargoyles.

Southern Milk Punch
1½ oz Catoctin Creek 1757 Virginia Brandy
1½ oz light cream
1 tsp superfine sugar
1 drop of vanilla extract
Nutmeg for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a shaker of ice, and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with nutmeg.

To scale up to a punchbowl, multiply the above ingredients by 20 or 30, and pour into a punchbowl with copious amounts of nutmeg garnish on top.

Spiced Apple Toddy
1.5 oz. Roundstone Rye Whisky
0.5 oz. Spiced Apple Cider [apple cider, orange halves studded with cloves, cinnamon]
orange slice garnish

To scale up the recipe, multiply the above ingredients by 20 or 30, and cook the cider with spices on low in a crock pot all day.  Combine the cider and whisky just before serving and garnish.  Serve warm!

Skeleton Key
1.25 oz. Roundstone Rye Whisky
0.75 oz. maraschino juice
0.5 oz. fresh lemon juice
topped with ginger beer and aromatic bitters
garnish with cherry

Combine ingredients and top with ginger beer, bitters, and a cherry.

Practical Magic
1.5 oz. Mosby's Spirit
0.5 oz. Green Apple KoolAid
05. oz. pineapple juice
top with ginger ale
garnish with gummy worm

Combine ingredients and top with ginger ale and a gummy worm!

Black Devil Martini
2 oz. Watershed Gin
1/2 oz. dry vermouth
dash of orange bitters
garnish with black olive

Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker, stir, and strain into a cocktail glass.  Garnish with a black olive.

Autumnal Equinox

Autumnal Equinox

Welcome to the first day of autumn!  The equinox is that special time in the calendar when the length of day and night are exactly equal across all the globe. This only happens at the beginning of spring and now, at autumn. From here on out in the northern hemisphere, our nights will be longer than our days as we slide into autumn and winter.

With that in mind, here is a cocktail from Chad Robinson made just for the season.

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
1 oz Cocci Americano vermouth
½ oz Fall shrub*
Sage and sliced apple garnish

Combine all ingredients in a shaker of ice, and strain into a rocks glass with one or two large cubes. Garnish with an apple slice and a leaf of sage.

*Fall Shrub
Fuji apples, Bartlett pears, canned pumpkin, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, allspice, turbinado sugar, apple cider vinegar.

Courtesy Chad Robinson.

Southern Milk Punch

Milk Punch

Punch has been experiencing a bit of a revival lately. People are remembering how convenient it is to serve up a large batch of cocktails for large gatherings and parties. The Southern Milk Punch comes to us from a long tradition of milk punches around New Orleans in the 1800-1900's.

1½ oz Catoctin Creek 1757 Virginia Brandy
1½ oz light cream
1 tsp superfine sugar
1 drop of vanilla extract
Nutmeg for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a shaker of ice, and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with nutmeg.

To scale up to a punchbowl, multiply the above ingredients by 20 or 30, and pour into a punchbowl with copious amounts of nutmeg garnish on top.

Monticello Garden Party

Monticello Garden Party

Another great recipe channeling the last days of summer, courtesy Alex Smallwood via Instagram.

2 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
½ oz lemon juice
½ oz Demerara syrup
1 tsp blackberry rhubarb jam
2 dashes Fee Brothers orange bitters
1 sprig of Rosemary

Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass and strain into a Nick & Nora glass. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

Photo and recipe courtesy Alex Smallwood, and used with permission.

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