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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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Linda's Autumn Punch Cocktail Recipe | Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye

Linda's Autumn Punch Cocktail Recipe

Tis the season for autumn flavors!  Nothing goes with falling leaves and cooler breezes than crisp apple cider, fall spices and rye whisky!  Here is a punch that you can enjoy, cold or hot!

3 cups Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 cup lemon juice
1 cup ginger-cinnamon syrup*
6 cups fresh apple cider

*To make the ginger-cinnamon syrup:
1/2 lb fresh ginger root
5 cinnamon sticks
2 cups water
granulated cane sugar

Thinly slice ginger root (no need to peel!) and boil with cinnamon sticks in water for 45 minutes. Strain, and add 1/3 volume of granulated sugar to remaining hot liquid. Example: if after straining, you are left with 1.5 cups ginger-cinnamon liquid, add 1/2 cup sugar.

Recipe courtesy Linda Jockers.

Johnny Bandanna's Fall Punches Cocktail Recipe | Catoctin Creek Spirits

Johnny Bandanna's Fall Punches Cocktail Recipe

Johnny Bandanna, aka John Shope, aka The Next Rounds On Me, came up with some lovely fall punch cocktails for a festival we did in Powhatan, Virginia this season.  Here they are for your enjoyment.

Appalachian Honey Grapefruit Sour

Glass Type: Rocks Glass or Coup
Garnish: None
Method: Combine all ingredients into ice filled shaker, shake vigorously, then serve on the rocks or neat.

Ingredients:

2 oz. Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Whisky
2 oz. fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1 oz. honey syrup
Ice

*Honey Syrup: Simply boil water and mix a 1:1 ratio of hot water and locally sourced honey together, allow to cool and keep refrigerated for up to three months.

W.G.L.L.G. For Me:

Glass Type: Martini or Coup Glass
Garnish: Lavender Sprig
Method: Combine all ingredients into ice filled cocktail shaker, shake vigorously and fine strain into glass.

Ingredients:

2 oz Watershed Gin
Juice from 1 Lime
1 oz Lavender simple syrup
2 Dashes Embitterment Lavender Bitters

*Lavender Simple Syrup: Boil 1/4 cup lavender seeds with 1 cups of water and 1 cup white sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, strain seeds and then keep refridgerated for up to three months.

(That’s a Watershed Gin Lavender Lime Gimlet for Me, please and thank you!)

French 120 Cocktail Recipe | Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin

French 120 Cocktail Recipe

This cocktail was one of our featured cocktails for the distillery dinner in August.

2 oz Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
¾ oz Lemon Juice
¾ oz Butterfly Pea Tea & Basil Simple Syrup
Top with Cava
Garnish with Yellow Cherry Tomato & Purple Basil Leaf

Serve in Champagne flute.

Cocktail a la Catoctin Recipe | Catoctin Creek Distiller's Edition Rye

Cocktail a la Catoctin Recipe

This cocktail was one of our featured cocktails for the distillery dinner in August.

2 oz Roundstone Rye 92 proof Distiller's Edition
½ oz Benedictine
½ oz Carpano Antica
3 dashes Herbsaint
3 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
Garnish with Catoctin Creek 1757 Brandied Cherry

Serve in rocks glass.

Hur"rye"cane Cocktail Recipe | Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye

HurRYEcane

This cocktail was one of our featured cocktails for the distillery dinner in August.

1 oz Roundstone Rye 80 proof
1 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Orange Juice
¼ oz Raspberry Truffle Tea Simple Syrup
¼ oz Grenadine
Garnish with a floating layer of Angostura Bitters and Orange Wedge

Serve in rocks glass.

'Sup Doc? Cocktail Recipe | Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin

Sup Doc

This cocktail is one of our featured cocktails for the Virginia Spirits Month of September.

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
¾ oz Carrot Juice
¾ oz TRUE Tonic Syrup
Top with Club Soda
Dash of Aromatic Bitters
Garnish with Mint Sprig

Serve in a Nick and Nora glass.

Boulevardier Spritz

Boulevardier spritz

I love Boulevariers, and I love spritzes, so when this one came across my Instagram feed, I sat up and took notice!  What a refreshing take on a couple classics!  This one is courtesy @adamdstein on Instagram.

1½ oz Roundstone Rye
1 oz Campari
San Pellegrino Limonata, to top.

Fill a rocks glass with ice, add the rye and Campari, stir, and top with San Pellegrino Limonata soda.  Garnish with a lime.  Enjoy!

Recipe and photo courtesy Adam D. Stein, and used with permission.

Rye-tea-o, mate!

Rye-tea-o

This cocktail is one of our featured cocktails in the tasting room for the month of August, 2018.

1 oz Roundstone Rye 92 Proof
2 oz Loudoun Raspberry truffle tea
½ oz fresh orange juice
½ oz True grenadine
2 brandied cherries
1 dash Angostura bitters

Combine all in shaker, stir, and pour over ice in a rocks or punch glass. Garnish with brandied cherries

Recipe courtesy Denise Petty.

Peach Smash

Peach Smash 

Nothing says summer in the south quite like peaches.  The juicy ripe fruit, dripping with sweetness, just begs to be in a cocktail!  

This one comes to us from Instagram personality @jonpenndorf.

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 peach slice, muddled
½ oz thyme simple syrup
1-2 dashes Fee Brothers grapefruit bitters

Muddle the peach in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, add ice, and other ingredients. Shake and strain over ice in a rocks glass.

Recipe and photo courtesy Jon Penndorf via Instagram.

Strawberry Hibiscus Sours

Strawberry Hibiscus Sours

Ahhhh.... summer is unofficially here.  And with it, strawberries!  This take on a traditional whisky sour is refreshing and just about as pretty as a flower on a summer evening.

1.5 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 oz fresh squeezed lemon
1 oz strawberry-hibiscus simple syrup*
Lemon wheel garnish

Combine all three ingredients in a shaker of ice, shake, then strain into coupes.  Garnish with a lemon wheel.

*Strawberry-hibiscus simple syrup

In a mixing pot or a crock pot, combine 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water, along with a 15 oz package of sliced and mashed strawberries and 4 oz of dried hibiscus blossoms.  (If hibiscus blossoms are unavailable, you can use pre-packaged hibiscus tea, like "Red Zinger".)  Steep the syrup mixture until fully dissolved, then for another 30-60 minutes.  Strain out the solids and bottle.  Will keep for 1-2 months in the fridge.

The Medicine Man

Medicine Man

This cocktail is featured on the menu at the Wine Kitchen in Leesburg, Virginia.  It is a rather simple old-fashioned recipe featuring a rare ingredient:  a simple syrup infused with Palo Santo oil (Bursera graveolens).  Palo Santo comes from a wood native to the Yucatan region of Mexico, and is lauded for its ability to remove the "mala energía" (bad energy).  Deliciousness and setting your energy right?  Yes, please.

2 oz Roundstone Rye
½ Palo Santo simple syrup
4 dashes of house bitters

Mix and serve with a big rock in a rocks glass.  Orange peel garnish.

Courtesy the Wine Kitchen, Leesburg, Virginia.

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  MAY 23   Barrel Select Hot Honey Finish Whisky Release 8:00am Beginning Monday, May 23rd at 8am, we will release the Catoctin Creek Barrel Select Hot Honey Finish whisky!  Just in time for Father's Day!! ...

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