Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The Sunset Gun

This is a great cocktail that is steeped in martial tradition--something wholly American. The ritual goes as such: as the sun sets and the flag is lowered to mark the end of a day, a cannon is fired and often music is played. Adding to this ritual is sharing a whiskey cocktail.

The fun thing about this drink is that it takes a little preparation earlier in the day so that it can simply be enjoyed in the fleeting moment. Ingredients are batched and flavored beforehand into something similar to an Old Fashioned. The recipe makes two cocktails and the drinkers are expected to toast when the cannon fires.

  • 4 oz. blended whiskey, bourbon or rye (Catoctin Creek rye used)
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 oz. curacao 
  • several dashes of orange bitters

Combine cloves and liquors in a mixing glass and refrigerate at least one hour before serving. Just before the ceremony, add ice and stir. Strain the mixture into two cocktail glasses and top with orange bitters. Return the used cloves to the glasses.

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