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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

Colonial Mint Julep

Founder's Julep

The mint julep is perhaps the most iconic American cocktail, among a field of cocktails which are, by definition, American. The julep is the cocktail of the south, evoking images of horse-farms, warm summer breezes, and sipping cool beverages on a wide porch. The history of the julep dates back to the 1700s, when it was prescribed as a medicinal. This variant uses rye, not bourbon, and uses a brown sugar syrup, which to us has more flavor and is truer to the sugar that would have been found in colonial America.

[Part of the Art of the Cocktail series, season two.]

6 mint leaves, plus additional for garnish
½ oz brown sugar syrup
Crushed ice
2 oz Roundstone Rye

Muddle the mint in the bottom of the glass, add the syrup and whisky, stir, and add crushed ice and more garnish mint.

Recipe from Colonial Spirits by Stephen Grasse.

Maple Whisky Sour

Maple Whisky Sour

This is a classic cocktail that is served the world over, first appearing in Jerry Thomas's The Bartender's Guide in 1862. We've changed it only slightly to add maple syrup as the sweetener, since any class on American beverages must consider maple as an ingredient. The maple matches surprisingly well with the lemon and the whisky. For what it's worth, this is a very similar cocktail to our very popular Colonel Langdon, except the spirit has been aged in oak for a time.

[Part of the Art of the Cocktail series, season two.]

2 oz Roundstone Rye
1 oz fresh lemon
½ oz fresh orange juice
½ oz maple syrup
½ oz aquafaba (optional)

Dry shake, then stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with a lemon twist.

Peach Cobbler

Peach cobbler

A type of drink that was common in the early 1800's and now mostly forgotten is the cobbler, a drink usually using a large amount of cobbled (chip) ice. (It has nothing to do with the pie-like dessert called a cobbler.)  The most common variant of the drink was the sherry cobbler, but there are several varieties using fruit which we enjoy. In this cocktail, the ginger really gives the peach a nice backbone.

[Part of the Art of the Cocktail series, season two.]

2 slices ripe peach (previously frozen OK)
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
½ oz fresh lemon juice
½ oz peach simple syrup
2 oz Roundstone Rye

Combine the peaches, ginger, lemon and syrup. Muddle to break the fruit. Add the whiskey and ice, and shake until chilled. Pour unstrained into a rocks glass and add more ice.

Recipe from Colonial Spirits by Stephen Grasse.

The Stinger

The Stinger

This cocktail tastes like Christmas.  From Kara Newman's book, Nightcap:

“At Brooklyn's Sauvage, bar director William Elliott batches up large quantities of this refreshing drink, then sets it in the freezer for a wonderful syrup-like viscosity. While Elliott favors white crème de menthe, particularly Giffard Menthe-Pastille, for a crystal-clear drink that resembles a minty Martini, green crème de menthe can yield a striking variation.

[Part of the Art of the Cocktail series, season two.]

1½ oz 1757 Brandy
¾ oz crème de menthe (Kara prefers the white variety, not the Dayglo™ green variety.)
dash absinthe
lemon peel garnish
Coupe glass

Combine ingredients in a shaker of ice and strain into the coupe. Garnish with the lemon peel.

Recipe courtesy Kara Newman and her book, Nightcap.

The Liberal

The Liberal

Amer Picon is a French bitter which is quite hard to find in the USA. It is made from tiny orange peels, but has a deep caramel texture and flavor, which is most pleasing. You can sip it on its own, as a aperitif or digestif, or use it as we do here, to make a delicious cocktail. This one is courtesy my friend, Gary McGraw, with credit to Vintage Spirits for the recipe.

[Part of the Art of the Cocktail series, season two.]

¾ oz Roundstone Rye Cask Proof
¾ oz Dolin sweet vermouth
¼ oz Amer Picon
Brandied cherry garnish
Rocks glass, big ice

Recipe courtesy Gary McGraw, and used with permission.

The Manquacken

Manquacken

This cocktail comes to us from @fractionsofzero on Instagram.  

Manhattan Riff with a twist and a shake. The complexity of the Rye and subtly of the Vermouth imbued with dull chocolate notes finds a greasy balance when shaken into a fresh duck egg yolk. Traditional strength and dryness of a Manhattan with the subtle richness of a creamed cocktail.

2 oz Catoctin Creek Chicken & Whiskey Barrel Select Rye
¾ oz Drapo Rosso Vermouth
2 dashes Scrappy's Chocolate Bitters
1 Duck Egg Yolk

Shake & strain eggy Manhattan into a coupe with bee ambrosia dusted lemon twist.

Recipe and photo courtesy @fractionsofzero. Model is @witchcrafty22 on Instagram. Used with permission.

Hey Now, You're an All Star

Hey Now Cocktail

This cocktail is just about as fun as the song for which it is named. Occasionally, we get cocktail submissions from the Internet, and this one comes to us from Chris West (@pourmansalmanac on Instagram).  Check out his feed for more fun cocktail creations! From his post:

can I explain this cocktail using only lyrics to all star by smash mouth? no, but I’ll try. someBODY once told me that star fruit is sweet, slightly tart, and delicious. okay, google told me that, and upon tasting, can confirm true. it also serves as a stunning flavor addition to a daiquiri, which is a perfect drink, but what’s wrong with taking the backstreets? god. stop it. riffing on a classic daiquiri spec, we’re splitting the sour between star fruit and lime, going full hemingway with the addition of maraschino liqueur for the sweet. as for the booze, we’re using an amber rum, as well as a ridiculous peach brandy. finally, you’re an all star, not one star, so we’ve added an absinthe rinse and shaved star anise onto our garnish.

3 slices star fruit
¾ oz lime juice
¾ oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur
1 dropper Bittermens hopped grapefruit bitters
— muddle —
1½ oz Gosling amber rum
½ oz Catoctin Creek peach brandy
— shake over ice // double strain —
Mt Defiance absinthe rinse
Garnish with anise-dusted star fruit

Recipe and photo courtesy Chris West, and used with permission.

Carpenter's Hand

Carpenter's Hand

Sultry and supple, this mix of brandy, sherry and honey-sweetened liqueur is delicious any time of year.

[Part of the Art of the Cocktail series, season two.]

2 oz. 1757 Virginia Brandy
1⁄2 oz. Amontillado sherry
1⁄2 oz. Drambuie or saffron honey syrup
Rocks glass, big rock
Orange peel

Shake ingredients together with ice in a shaker, and then strain over a big rock in a rocks glass.  Garnish with orange peel.

Recipe courtesy Chris Lane, Lolinda, San Francisco.

Lankershim Fizz

Lankershim Fizz

One remarkable fact is that the largest consumers of gin in Europe are... (drum roll, please)... the Spanish. They drink twice as much gin per person as do the British. So we cannot enjoy Spain without a gin cocktail. The most consumed gin beverage in Spain (again, remarkably) is the gin & tonic. We are going to side-step the G&T for now, and introduce a more sophisticated gin fizz.

[Part of the Art of the Cocktail series, season two.]

1½ Watershed Gin
½ oz Pedro Ximénez sherry
½ oz simple syrup
¾ oz lemon juice
1 egg white (or 1 oz aquafaba)
2 oz soda water
lemon twist garnish
Collins glass

Dry shake the gin through the egg white/aquafaba. Then, strain over ice in a collins glass and top with soda.

Tuxedo Cocktail

Tuxedo Cocktail

This cocktail is a rather simple version of a martini, but substituting dry fino sherry for vermouth, giving a nuttier, yet bone dry take on the traditional martini.

[Part of the Art of the Cocktail series, season two.]

2 oz Watershed Gin
1 oz fino sherry
1 dash orange bitters
Martini glass
lemon twist

Stirred, never shaken, and strained up into a martini glass.

Port of Manhattan

Port of Manhattan

This cocktail, as many are, was born out of necessity. In the early 2000's, you could not get a decent drink in Loudoun County. I would go into bars and ask for a Manhattan, and the biggest letdown would come when the drink was served: elderly, un-refrigerated, spoiled vermouth, shaken within an inch of its life (dilution!), and served in a glass full of ice (this is NOT an iced-tea, sir!). Knowing that these bars had limitations on the quality and freshness of their vermouth, I sought to find a recipe that would give me the richness of a Carpano Antica with an inferior product. By adding the Port, we gained that richness that I was missing from a straight pour of old thin watery vermouth.

[Part of the Art of the Cocktail series, season two.]

2 oz Roundstone Rye 92
½ oz Port
½ oz cheap vermouth (which is kind of the point of this cocktail)
1 dash Angostura bitters
Cherry garnish

Stirred, never shaken, and strained up into a coupe.

Recipe by Scott Harris.

Negroni Sbagliato

Negroni Sbagliato

The Negroni is a classic Italian cocktail known for a crisp full flavor and a bitter finish. As Becky Harris (my wife, and our chief distiller) likes to say, “the bitterness reminds you it's a grown-up's drink.” Though variations exist, the most agreed upon recipe is equal parts gin, Italian (red sweet) vermouth, and Campari.

The word “sbagliato” means “broken” or “wrong”. So how do we mess up a perfect Negroni? By adding sparkles! This changes this rather boozy cocktail into something lighter, and more like an aperitivo—that is a perfect welcome cocktail for the evening!

[Part of the Art of the Cocktail series, season two.]

1 oz Watershed Gin
1 oz Don Ciccio Luna Amara
1 oz Tribuno sweet vermouth
rocks glass with ice
top with soda or Prosecco
garnish with orange half-slice

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