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rose hips and whiskey

Roses & Rye: a Rosehip Whiskey Cocktail

Happy Hannukah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Fabulous Festivus!

For those of you who appreciate a tasty adult beverage, I’ve got good news. I’ve just published a new online course: Homemade Craft Cocktails: from Garden to Glass. For less than the price of a single craft cocktail at a fancy bar (which is probably closed right now anyway), you can unleash your inner mixologist and serve up some amazing cocktails to brighten up your holiday. And as a bonus for being a loyal blog reader, here’s an extra recipe that’s not in the course. It’s a tasty blend of rose hips and whiskey and will warm you up on a winter’s evening. (Ok, it’s technically not winter yet but there’s snow on the ground here so as far as I’m concerned, winter it is.) Many thanks to Levi White for coming up with the perfect name: Roses & Rye.

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chokecherry bounce

Chokecherry Bounce: a Rye Cocktail

What exactly is a bounce? Rumor has it that cherry bounce was one of George Washington’s favorite tipples, and Martha’s recipe for the beverage survives to this day. In this foraged version, I’ve substituted chokecherries for cultivated cherries, and rye for the more traditional brandy. And while many bounce recipes are heavily spiced with cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg, I’ve kept it simple with just three ingredients. Once you’ve made the base infusion, you can enjoy it any way you’d like: poured over a single large ice cube, sipped neat from a coupe, combined with a sploosh of seltzer, or garnished with a few Luxardo cherries. Any way you drink it, Chokecherry Bounce is an exceptional adult beverage. Read more