Cider Mixology: Brewer & Keep Cocktail with Millstone Ciderberry

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Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore, Maryland received two semi-finalist nominations from the James Beard Foundation this year for Outstanding Bar Program and Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic region.

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.

Old apple tree, we’ll wassail thee !

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Let The Wassailing Begin.

Traditionally wassailing the orchard occurs on Twelfth Night Eve, observed according to the “new” calendar of 1752, on January 5th. Celebrants following the “old” calendar will wassail on January 17th.

We at United States of Cider have decided to wassail from now through January 17th. Embracing both the Old and New. Being urban wassailers, we may just salute the old trees at our favorite local cider establishment.

The Churchill’s Jenn Dowds shared this wassail recipe with Rosie Schaap of The New York Times. Read the article, quoted below, for a little wassail history and additional wassail mixology suggestions.

“Therein lies the beauty of wassail: more than just another nice-tasting drink, it’s part of a long (if largely forgotten) tradition of celebrating the life that winter can seem determined to snuff out. It’s a fragrant, warming concoction mixed in bulk and set out for sharing…”

Wassailing We Shall Go !