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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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Tasting Room Cocktails for July

July Cocktails

Summer is upon us, and so too are summer flavors: berries, berries and peaches! Enjoy these on a hot, humid afternoon.

Black ‘ramble

1½ oz Watershed Gin
½ oz Blackberry syrup
½ oz Lemon juice
Top with ginger beer
Garnish with lemon slice

Island Hopp’n

1½ oz Roundstone Rye 92 Proof Distiller's Edition ¼ oz Strawberry syrup
¼ oz Pineapple gomme syrup
2 dashes Cherry bitters
3 dashes Typhoon (tiki) bitters
Express and garnish with lemon peel

Peachy Fiend

1 oz Rroundstone Rye 80 Proof
½ oz Peach syrup
½ oz Sour water (citric acid water .25tsp to 1.5oz)
¼ oz Aperol
Top with float of Angostura bitters
Garnish with fresh mint leaf

The Uranus Cocktail

Uranus

We frequently will dive into the Tiki genre with our whiskey.  Some may regard rum as the sole heir to Tiki cocktails, but quoting Matt Perkins, the beverage manager at Magnolias at the Mill, "If you argue about whether or not it's Tiki, you're entirely missing the point of Tiki."

This cocktail comes to us from @adventuresofriad on Instagram, and we're very impressed with this cool summertime refresher:

The #cocktail group I’m in feels like that this summer should be dedicated to #mezcal tiki cocktails, and I whole-heartedly agree! Here’s a #riff on one of my #favorite tiki cocktails the #Saturn

The Saturn is initially made with gin, falernum, orgeat, passion, and lemon and it’s blended as well!

My take is a little more #fun than that! I’m calling it the Uranus because there’s a lot going on in Uranus! 😘 it features some of my #favorite ingredients in a fantastic #amalgamation of #love in a glass!

¾ oz El Silencio Mezcal
¾ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
½ oz lemon juice
½ oz passion fruit juice
¼ Luxardo maraschino liqueuer
2 barspoons creme de violette

Split base of mezcal and rye whisky with passion fruit purée, fresh squeezed lime juice Luxardo maraschino and creme de violette strained over crushed ice in a glass rimmed with tajin and garnish simply with mint (but go crazy because the bigger the garnish the better ).

Cocktail and photo courtesy of @adventuresofriad and used with permission.

Summertime Rooftop Cocktails

Rooftop Cocktails

This month, we had a fabulous inaugural "Dinner on the Rooftop" in collaboration with the Wine Kitchen and Loudoun Mobile Hope.  Among the treats for the night were two amazing cocktails that the team at Catoctin Creek created.  These are fantastic summer cocktails, especially if made into a punch (just multiply everything by 25 for punch).

Hope on the Rooftop

1 oz strawberry-infused Watershed Gin
¼ oz strawberry-rhubarb syrup
¼ oz sour water (¼ tsp citric acid + 1½ oz water), or substitute lemon juice as an alternative
Soda to top
Rhubarb bitters
Black locust blossoms to garnish

Macerate the strawberries in the gin for at least two days.  Strain and remove the fruit.  To make the syrup, macerate chunks of strawberry and rhubarb in equal parts sugar and water.  Heat over medium heat until well dissolved.  Then strain the fruit from the syrup.  In a shaker, add the sour water, gin and syrup and combine well.  Pour into a rocks glass full of ice and top with soda and garnish.

Lay Me "Doun"

1 oz Roundstone Rye 80 Proof
¼ oz Rose Garden Tea (available from Dominion Tea) made into a simple syrup
Lavender bitters
Lemon peel garnish

Combine the ingredients into a rocks glass with ice and garnish.

Cocktail recipes courtesy Denise Petty.

Spring Tasting Room Cocktails

Tasting Room Cocktails

These were the highlighted cocktails of March and April in the tasting room.

Peachy Fiend

1 oz Roundstone Rye 80 Proof
1 oz peach syrup
1 oz lemon juice
⅛ oz Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy
top with Angostura bitters

The Right Tree

1 oz Roundstone Rye 92 Proof Distiller's Edition
¼ oz birch bark syrup
Frontier bitters
orange peel for garnish

Watershed Mule

1 oz Watershed Gin
1 oz ginger syrup
1 oz lime juice
top with ginger beer

Sup Doc?

1 oz Watershed Gin
1 oz organic carrot juice
1 oz TRUE Tonic
Top with soda water and mint sprig 

Purcell-Libre

1 oz Roundstone Rye 80 Proof
¼ oz TRUE Kola syrup
¼ oz lime juice
top with soda water
garnish with lime wedge

Recipes courtesy Denise Petty.

Golden Lotus

Golden Lotus

This cocktail was one of our featured cocktails at one of our recent dinner events.

1 oz Pearousia Pear Brandy
1 oz golden coconut milk*
1 tsp maple syrup
⅛ oz Fresh lime juice
½ oz Simple syrup

Shake VERY well, serve over ice, garnish with toasted coconut and edible flower

Golden Coconut Milk:

1 cup canned coconut milk
1 teaspoon extra virgin coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1 pinch ground black pepper

Recipe courtesy of Lauren Barrett.

Shark through the Heart

Shark Through The Heart

This cocktail was one of our featured cocktails at one of our recent dinner events.

1 oz Roundstone Rye 80 Proof
¼ oz Aperol
½ oz Pineapple/mint gomme syrup
½ oz Fresh lemon juice

Shake, serve up in a Nick & Nora, garnish with skewered gummy shark and Drinking Buddy

Recipe courtesy of Lauren Barrett.

Shark Through The Heart

Polynesian Heiress

Polynesian Heiress

This cocktail was one of our featured cocktails at one of our recent dinner events.

1 oz Watershed Gin
½ oz Citric acid water (1½ oz of fresh lemon juice = ¼ tsp of citric acid dissolved into 1½ oz of water)
½ oz Yuzu simple (½ yuzu juice, ½ simple syrup)

Shake, serve over ice, garnish with salt air (4 oz water, 2 oz fresh lime, 1½ tsp Sucro, 1½ tsp kosher salt, mix in a bowl with an immersion blender until foamy), atomize Tiki bitters on air.

Recipe courtesy of Lauren Barrett.

Rye Tai

Rye Tai

This cocktail was one of our featured cocktails at one of our recent dinner events.

1 oz Roundstone Rye Distiller's Edition
¾ oz Homemade pineapple juice
¾ oz Fresh lemon juice
¾ oz Orgeat*
Several dashes of Angostura bitters

Combine ingredients in a shaker of ice and strain into a collins glass full of ice. Float several dashes of Angostura bitters on top. Garnish with a spicy pepper lollipop (shown).

Orgeat:

2 cups raw almonds, sliced or chopped
1½ cups sugar
1¼ cup water
1 tsp orange flower water
1 oz vodka

Toast almonds, pulverize, cook sugar and water until sugar dissolves, add almonds, simmer, let sit for 3 hours, strain through cheese cloth, add orange flower water and vodka.

Recipe courtesy of Lauren Barrett.

The Brightside

The Brightside

This cocktail was one of our featured cocktails at one of our recent dinner events.

1 oz Roundstone Rye 80 Proof
1 oz Chamomile syrup (3 tablespoons of chamomile flowers, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water)
1 oz Lemon Juice
⅛ oz St. Germain Elderflower liqueur

Combine all ingredients in a shaker of ice, shake and strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with lavender bitters and a lemon peel.

Recipe courtesy of Denise Petty.

Rye & Amaro Highball

Rye Amaro Highball

I often get asked at the distillery if our products are gluten free.  The answer to that is an emphatic "YES! They are gluten free!"  People are often surprised by this, because rye grain (and hence rye bread, rye beer, etc.) is LOADED with gluten.  However, the gluten protein molecules are heavy, and do not ascend the column during distillation.  The resultant rye spirit is gluten free.  We've tested it, and it exceeds all FDA tests to be gluten free.

Why do I mention all this?  Well, people who have a gluten intolerance often tell me that they've eliminated beer from their lives, because when they drink it, they get symptoms like reflux and indigestion.  But sometimes, when it's hot outside, you just want a beer!  Something refreshing and fizzy!  Enter the highball:  All the freshness, none of the gluten!

A highball, for those new to this, is essentially spirit+soda.  There are many variants, including the traditional scotch and soda, the rum and coke, gin and tonic... the list goes on.

This delicious highball comes to us from Crude Bitters (@crudebitters) and adds a touch of amaro and bitters, which really adds some sophistication to the simple highball.

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
½ oz Pasubio Vino Amaro
Orange-fig bitters from Crude Bitters
Soda or seltzer

Fill a glass with ice.  Add the rye and amaro.  Top with cold seltzer.  Add 8-10 drops of orange-fig bitters.

Recipe courtesy Crude Bitters.

It's the little things

It's the little things

Some kudos from @fractionsofzero on Instagram:

No long winded post for this one. Just an amazing fresh made botanical sour with delicious gin created by a talented Bar Manager from a wonderful Brand.

2 parts Watershed Gin
1 part butterfly pea tea syrup
1 part lemon juice
⅛th part cassis
Lemon twist
2 dashes lavender bitters, to top

Combine all ingredients in a shaker of ice, strain over new ice in a Nick and Nora glass.

Recipe courtesy Denise Petty. Photograph courtesy @fractionsofzero.

Sunshine & Spice & Lemon on Ice

Sunshine and Spice and Lemon on Ice

This cocktail is re-posted from @bitbyafox on Instagram. Prairie Rose writes:

On Monday, I did a live tasting of @catoctincreek’s Distiller’s Edition 92 Proof Rye Whisky. And I’ve been playing around with it ever since (as you can tell from this half empty bottle!) Because of its higher proof, I love that it can stand up to a lot of different kinds of ingredients. Like Galliano Liqueur and lemon curd, for instance! I wanted to highlight the bright lemon zest in this rye, and lean into the warmer weather with a sunshiny cocktail recipe. Stay tuned for my interview with@catoctincreek founder @scohar70 on the #bitbyafoxpodcast tomorrow!

2 oz Catoctin Creek Distiller’s Reserve Rye Whisky
3/4 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
3/4 oz Galliano Liqueur
1 tablespoon of lemon curd
🍒 🍋 garnish

Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish.

Recipe and photo courtesy Bit by a Fox and used with permission.

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