Pennsylvania Rye in the un-aged form runs as soft and sweet as this spring that bubbles up from the earth. Branch water with a kick I say. Sitting next to this venerable bottle of Pennsylvania History sits a bottle simply called Sage from the same creative mind behind the salubrious and ever mixable liqueurs named Root, Rhubarb and Snap.
But what is Sage? Sage is Herbalicious according to the hand-crafted natural paper-press release.
According to the copy, Thomas Jefferson was not only a founding father, but he was also an avid horticulturist. His friend and mentor Bernard McMahon was in the midst of chronicling the 130 plants discovered by Lewis and Clark. As history has it, Bernard and Thomas also were fond of highly intoxicating beverages. Sage in the purest form is not just sage as an herbal adjunct, it is also an ingredient in early “Gar-Tending” experimentation!
This type of experimentation weaves its way into my semi-drunken state- *who me?*
Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania White Rye is gorgeous stuff. If I could lay down a few bottles and wait about ten years, I’ll bet the mouth-feel will soften to that of branch water. Now, instead of letting any rest, I’ve created a cocktail with this spicy and emotional Rye powerhouse.
Sage is distilled with thyme, sage (of course), rosemary, lavender and fennel. All I could think about was mixing Sage with Dad’s Hat.
But the drink would not be complete without a few drops of the fire driven chocolate and spice enamored heat of the Bitter End Memphis BBQ Bitters. Take about four drops of this amazing liquid and scatter them over the top. The 100 proof power of the White Rye and the aromatic wonderment that says Sage finished with Bitter End Bitters only needs one more item.
I’m a fanatic for great ice…..Crystal clear and without any unpleasant fragrances or minerals, great ice cubes will enlighten your cocktails. I did a 95/5 mix of Royal Rose Lavender Lemon Syrup and some of my filtered well water. The benefit of putting the Royal Rose Syrup into the ice cube is to subtly change the flavor of the cocktail as the ice cube melts. Mostly water, with that bit of syrup and everyone is friendly together.
I believe it shows sophistication of flavor. And fortitude in your cocktail glass. Isn’t that what this is all about?
Danger Level 4 out of 5. Possibly 5 out of 5 if you err on the side of heavier handed cocktail measurements…
Floyd’s Pack Mule Cocktail
Ingredients for two very strong drinks:
1/4 cup Freshly made Lemonade (unsweetened) made with Meyer Lemons if you can find them
2 oz. Dad’s Hat Genuine Small Batch Pennsylvania White Rye- 100 proof (local Rye from Pennsylvania)
1 oz. Sage from Art in the Age- 80 proof (USDA Certified Organic)
1 oz. Royal Rose Simple Syrup of Lavender and Lemon
4 drops Bitter End Memphis BBQ Bitters
For Ice Cubes, fill an Ice Cube tray with filtered water and add an ounce or so of the simple syrup, freeze overnight for best results
To a Boston Shaker fill 1/4 with regular ice
Add the liquors
Add freshly made lemonade
Shake until frosty
Pour into a funky glass with Royal Rose Lavender Lemon Syrup ice
Drip three-four drops of Bitter End Memphis BBQ Bitters over the top
Yes, I do mixology sessions at your home or business. Just email me! jockeyhollow@mac DOT com