Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Fox River Cocktail

This is a wonderfully rich and spicy cocktail for fall. Mad River Revolution Rye makes a perfect base for a "River" drink, not to mention that it is strong and flavorful. Mad River Distillery makes rum, bourbon and apple brandy, but it's rye is probably the best product in the line. It has a heavy bitterness similar to dark chocolate or coffee beans. This works well with creme de cacao, which smooths the edges, and Hella aromatic bitters add even more baking spice flavors. Even a lemon twist brings it together in the way a lemon twist works for espresso.

I am re-reading Cooper's The Last Of The Mohicans again, and the Fox River Cocktail, with Mad River rye, which comes from a distillery in Vermont--near the setting of the novel--is a great companion cocktail. Consider the villain Le Renard Subtile (Subtle Fox) who throughout the novel seeks revenge on the heroes. His bitterness effects the reader in the way this New World drink affects the drinker.
  • 2 oz. rye (Mad River Revolution Rye used)
  • 1/2 oz. creme de cacao
  • 3-5 dashes Angostura bitters (Hella aromatic bitters used)
  • lemon twist
Combine liquid ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass (coupe is a good size) and garnish with lemon peel.

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