Cider Mixology: Aperitivo Tertulia
Virginia Pippin Gold Cider (with Virginia apple brandy) Meet Kentucky’s Buffalo Trace Bourbon.
Virginia knows how to make a cider cocktail. One of our favorites, (enjoyed with Brookville’s deliciously addicting bacon fat popcorn):
The Cocktail: The Buffalo Gold.
Cider Mixology: Whiskey Smash! Millstone Cellars Blossom Cider at Woodberry Kitchen.
Wending our way back to New York from Virginia – with precious cider cargo in tow – we stopped for refreshment at Woodberry Kitchen, located in a refurbished 19th century mill complex outside of downtown Baltimore.
Woodberry Kitchen bar artisans embrace the charms of cider, allowing us to start the evening properly with a cider cocktail, The Whisky Smash!
Mixologist C. Connor Rasmussen, kindly shared the recipe.
The WHISKEY SMASH! How To:
Read a bit about Woodberry Kitchen (here).
For another cider cocktail from Woodberry Kitchen, with MIllstone Ciderberry Cider, see The Brewer & Keep Cocktail.
Sparkling Sidra: TRABANCO POMA AUREA SIDRA De ASTURIAS. A sparkling cider made from Ragona and Raxao apples.
Apple Bitters: Try a house-made bitter, or one of the abundant small batch, hand-crafted, artisanal bitters increasingly available to the home mixologist.
To Garnish: Fresh thyme and raw apple matchsticks.
This tweet from @Tertulia_NYC reveals additional ingredient details:
Click here for another Tertulia Cider Cocktail.
Rye whisky, a dash of fresh lemon juice, a splash of house-made thyme simple syrup
Angostura Bitters AND Baked Apple Bitters
Shake: rye, lemon juice, thyme simple syrup, ice cider. Strain. Top: with sparkling cider.
Finish: with a float of both bitters.
Cider. The perfect aperitivo.
Connor Rasmussen, mixologist at Woodberry Kitchen shares his recipe for the Brewer & Keep: “It’s a wonderfully balanced cocktail, and the cider is a crucial aspect (despite being the final ingredient)”.
– Brewer & Keep –
.75oz raw honey gin (Barr Hill)
.75oz smokey whiskey (High West Campfire)
.75oz wort (a grain tea that is a part of the brewing process)
.25oz maple syrup
.25oz lemon juice
Shaken | double strained into a 4oz coupe glass | topped with the Millstone Ciderberry.
Millstone Ciderberry is crafted from local raspberries pressed straight from the farm and blended with Millstone oak aged cider.
Visit Millstone Cellars site to learn more about the Monkton, Maryland craft cidermaker: www.millstonecellars.com
For a bit more about Millstone’s cidermakers, read this April 10, 2013 article by Richard Gorelick in The Baltimore Sun.