Friday, January 25, 2013

A Walk in the Woods

Have you ever walked in the woods in the winter time? Smelled the cold scent of fir trees mingled with the smoke from a nearby cabin? This drink is an attempt to capture that moment as a cocktail.

A Walk in the Woods

1 1/2 oz. smoked whiskey (Corsair triple smoke whiskey)
1/4 oz. walnut liqueur
3/4 oz. rosemary-juniper syrup (see recipe below)
1 oz. grapefruit juice
2 dashes angostura bitters
Club soda

Combine and ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake until cold. Strain into a rocks glass with ice. Top with club soda.

Rosemary-Juniper Syrup

1 tbsp. juniper berries
2 tbsp. roughly chopped fresh rosemary
1 cup water
3/4 cup sugar

Crush juniper berries with a muddler or heavy knife. Add to medium saucepan with rosemary, water and sugar. Heat mixture over medium-high heat until it boils, reduce heat to simmer and cook syrup until it reduces to about 3/4 cup, about 10 minutes. Set aside to steep about 15 minutes then strain out the solids. Allow the syrup to cool.