Spent the last hours of 2014 enjoying good company amongst my family and friends in the foggy hamlet of Clovis, CA and while the ground was frosting over outside, we were warm and merry inside. Part of that warmth radiated from the flowing amount of alcohol, and being a bit of a connoisseur, I made it my duty to ensure all glasses were filled. I also took the opportunity to showcase some of the great products that friends and acquaintances have produced for the libation world recently, and judging by the reaction of my relatives, they’ve not only made great stand-alone drinks, they’ve made spirits that play well together.
The drink of choice for the evening combined two unlikely heroes and a third plucky sidekick to create a drink that was both warm yet refreshing and reminiscent of times past. I call it The Old Acquaintance.
2 ozs Corbin Cash Rye
1/2 oz Lost Spirits Cuban Style Rum
3 dashes Greenbar Collective Dustin Newsome’s Vanilla/Peppercorn bitters
Juice from 1/2 lime
1/2 Tbls Turbinado sugar
Combine all of the the above in a cocktail shaker and stir with ice. Strain into glass of your choice over ice and top off w/ Ginger Beer (Stoli Ginger Beer was my choice, but any good quality ginger beer/ale will do).