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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Dijon Vu

Dijon Vu Cocktail

This savory cocktail is a bit of a doozy! It has flavors of sweet mustard, brine and spice. Pair it with something rich, like steak tartare, a cheese plate, or a gourmet burger or hot dog.

1 oz Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
1 oz Mattei Cap Corse Blanc
1 oz Dijon syrup*
½ oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
½ oz fresh lemon juice

Add all ingredients to shaker tin with ice. Shake for 10 seconds. In collins glass, add fresh ice and strain. Add biodegradable agave straw, picke spear and pickled sausage.

*Dijon syrup:

Combine ½ cup diced white onion with ¼ cup of water in a medium saucepan over low heat; cook until onions become translucent (about 20 minutes). Add ½ cup agave, ½ cup dijon mustard, ½ teaspoon fennel seed, ½ teaspoon turmeric powder and 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar along with ⅓ cup water. Simmer for about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat, strain carefully and chill.  Bottle and keep in the cooler.  Shelf life is about 3-4 weeks.

Cocktail courtesy of Shaun Stewart at JBGB in Baltimore, and photo courtesy of Whyald Card Photography, Colin Marshall, and both used with permission.

Golden Hour

Golden Hour Cocktail

This was one of the feature cocktails at our Fall Dinner in 2021.

1 oz Pearousia pear brandy
1/4 to 1/2 oz maple syrup
1/2 oz lime juice
Spicy barbecue salt rim

Recipe and photo courtesy Denise Petty.

Saving Daylight

Saving Daylight Cocktail

This was one of the feature cocktails at our Fall Dinner in 2021.

1 oz Roundstone Rye 80 Proof
1-1/2 oz mango juice
3/4 oz Lillet blanc
1/4 oz lime juice
Tajin rim

Recipe and photo courtesy Denise Petty.

Bitter Twilight

Bitter Twilight Cocktail

This was one of the feature cocktails at our Fall Dinner in 2021.

1 oz Watershed Gin
1 oz Campari
1 oz blackberry syrup
Celery and kosher salt rim
Burnt orange peel garnish

Recipe and photo courtesy Denise Petty.

Dusk into Dawn

Dusk into Dawn Cocktail

This was one of the feature cocktails at our Fall Dinner in 2021.

3/4 oz Catoctin Creek Quarter Branch Apple Brandy
3/4 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye 80 Proof
1/2 oz dry sherry
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz Pratt ginger syrup
top with Angostura bitters

Recipe and photo courtesy Denise Petty.

Evening Rush

Evening Rush Cocktail

This was one of the feature cocktails at our Fall Dinner in 2021.

1-1/4 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye 92 Proof
1/2 oz Amaro
1/4 oz sweet Italian vermouth
1/8 oz coffee liqueur
brandied cherry and spicy cocoa dust

Recipe and photo courtesy Denise Petty.

The Bed You Made

The Bed You Made Cocktail

This is a cocktail that celebrates spring and the abundance of flowers after a long, cold, dark winter.  It tastes as beautiful as it looks.

¾ oz Catoctin Creek Pearousia Pear Brandy
¾ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Whisky
¼ oz dry fino sherry
¼ oz lemon juice
½ oz Rose Garden Tea syrup*
soda water

Stir and strain over fresh ice in a tall glass, top with soda water.  Garnish with edible wild violets and pansies. (Omit soda water and serve in a rocks glass if preferred - shown here.)

*Rose Garden Tea syrup - Make the tea as normal, about one cup's worth of liquid, but then while still hot, stir in one cup of sugar to dissolve completely.

Recipe and photo courtesy Denise Petty.

Richer than Coco

A cocktail from our tasting room manager, Denise Petty, which reminded her of her travels to the Dominican Republic.

2 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye 92 Proof "Distiller's Edition"
2 oz Unsweetened Coconut Milk
¼ oz Lime Juice
1 oz Hot Honey
1 Saffron Thread

Rim a tall glass with Toasted Coconut Flakes/Gold Sprinkles. Shake all ingredients vigorously, and strain over fresh ice.  Paper umbrella garnish, if you have one!

Cocktail and photo courtesy Denise Petty.

Bad Moon Rising

Bad Moon Rising

2 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Whisky
¾ oz Pomegranate Rosemary Syrup
1 oz Lemon Juice
3 oz Ginger Beer

Shake whisky, lemon juice and syrup with ice. Add crushed ice to glass. Fine strain cocktail into glass, top with ginger beer and fresh ice.

Recipe and photo courtesy A Bar Above, @abarabove on Twitter.

One Hot Manzana

Nothing tastes better during the holidays than a hot toddy.  Try this one using our Quarter Branch Apple Brandy, or substitute your favorite brandy into the recipe for a different take.

1 oz Catoctin Creek Quarter Branch Apple Brandy
1-2 barspoons of AR's hot honey
2 barspoons of fresh orange juice
Boiling hot water
Orange peel and cinnamon stick garnish

Add the honey and juice to a punch glass, teacup or mug.  Mix well.  Pour in 2-3 oz of boiling hot water and stir well.  Add the apple brandy and garnish with orange peel and cinnamon sticks.

Recipe courtesy Denise Petty.

The Haute Topic

Currently a best seller at Brabo in Alexandria, this cocktail is a doozy.  It's a mix between a hot buttered rum, a hot toddy, and a sangria.  It comes to us courtesy Emmanuel Pressley, head bartender at Brabo.

1 oz Catoctin Creek 1757 Virginia Brandy
3 oz Ginger Darjeeling Tea
½ oz Suze
¼ oz Catoctin Creek Apple Brandy
¼ oz Lemon Juice
¼ oz Benedictine
2 bar spoons of maple butter*
1 oz Rhone Red Wine

To make the cocktail you want to combine all the ingredients except the wine and tea into a mixing glass. Start stirring the cocktail and slowly add the tea to dissolve the butter. Once fully mix roll warm cocktail into a serving coffee mug. And float the red wine over top.

*Maple Butter: Melt 16 oz of butter in a double boiler. Then slowly add 8 oz of maple and 2 oz of brown sugar. Let the sugar dissolve into the solution and once finished separate the butter into 2 batches and chill.

Recipe and photo courtesy Emmanuel Pressley

Tanyard Cocktail - The official cocktail of the 2020 Waterford Fair

The Waterford Fair is a tradition in Loudoun County, Virginia, that goes back 75 years! Every year, local producers gather to sell their wares: quilts, leather goods, woolen goods, cheese, beer, wine, clothing... you get the idea. Thousands of customers descend upon the gentle rolling landscape of Waterford to browse the fair and kick off autumn. 2020 has been a tough year, and this year, the fair will do its first virtual event.

This cocktail was created by the Waterford Fair as their official cocktail, using both our apple brandy and some of Doug Fabbioli's hard apple cider. This little beverage is very delicious, and packs a punch!

The Fair runs Oct 2-4.  Get your tickets to the Waterford Fair - HERE:  waterfordfairva.org

One 1" piece of fresh ginger, peeled
1½ tsp simple syrup (or agave syrup)
1½ oz Catoctin Creek Apple Brandy
1½ oz Fabbioli Cellars Attitude Adjuster (hard apple cider)
1½ oz chilled ginger beer
1 lime wedge
1 apple slice

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the sliced ginger with the simple syrup. Add the brandy and ice. Shake well and strain into an ince-filled glass and top with equal parts ginger beer and hard cider. Garnish with the lime wedge and apple slice.

Courtesy of the Waterford Fair and used with permission.

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