Root and Rye Cocktail
Excerpted from Apothecary Cocktails by Warren Bobrow
|Swizzle sticks make the cocktail ;)|
The original Rock and Rye cocktail, a mixture of rye whiskey, simple syrup, and citrus fruits, was a nineteenth- and twentieth-century classic. The simple concoction was believed to be a cure for chest congestion, stubborn coughs, and even the common cold. This delicious spin on the Rock and Rye calls for a special ingredient that tips its hat to the early era of medicinal folk healers. It’s called root tea, but it’s not the kind of tea you’d drink alongside your breakfast bagel. Based on a recipe that’s said to have been handed down by Native Americans to pre-colonial settlers, root tea liqueur is a spirit that’s been developed to imitate the original flavors and healing techniques of the early apothecary age, using natural materials such as birch bark, sassafras, anise, and cloves. Thanks to root tea liqueur, the Root and Rye gently becalms uneasy bellies, and is especially refreshing on hot summer days.
1 ounce (30 ml) organic root tea liqueur
2 ounces (60 ml) rye whiskey
1 rock candy swizzle stick
6 ounces (175 ml) sarsaparilla or birch beer
Pack a tall Collins glass with ice. Add the root tea liqueur and the rye whiskey, followed by the sarsaparilla or birch beer. Mix well with the rock candy swizzle stick, sip slowly, and let the Root and Rye settle down that sour stomach.
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Apothecary Cocktails features 75 traditional and newly created recipes for medicinally-themed cocktails. Learn the history of the top ten apothecary liqueurs, bitters, and tonics that are enjoying resurgence at trendy bars and restaurants, including Peychaud's Bitters, Chartreuse, and Vermouth. Find out how healing herbs, flowers, and spices are being given center stage in cocktail recipes and traditional apothecary recipes and ingredients are being resurrected for taste and the faint promise of a cure. Once you’ve mastered the history, you can try your hand at reviving your favorites: restoratives, sedatives and toddys, digestifs, and more.
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