Winter Solstice Cocktail Recipe by Karen Locke - High Proof PDX

It is pretty typical around the holidays to have a cookie swap, so I thought- Why not have a Cocktail recipe swap? I've reached out to some of the best and brightest cookies in Portland to share some delicious winter cocktails with you! If you haven't decided what to get the at-home bartender in your life, check out my 7 Gadgets for at Home Craft Cocktails here!

The first in this series comes to us from Karen Locke from High Proof PDX

Winter Solstice

This wintertime cocktail combines citrus, tart cardamom and tangerine with a hint of anise from fresh tarragon. 

Ingredients:

2 oz Volstead Vodka
1/2 oz Cardamom & Tangerine Pok Pok Som drinking vinegar
1/4 oz fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz simple syrup
4-5 dashes The Bitter Housewife Grapefruit bitters
4 sprigs tarragon

Directions:

Muddle 2-3 tarragon sprigs in cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Add remaining ingredients. Shake well and strain into a coupe glass.
Garnish with remaining tarragon.

Photo provided by Karen Locke

Photo provided by Karen Locke

Photo provided by Karen Locke

Photo provided by Karen Locke

Want more great cocktails from the Recipe Swap? Check out my Ode to the Sweet Potato Casserole on High Proof PDX's Blog!

 
provided by Karen Locke

provided by Karen Locke

 


Karen Locke is a Portland-based food and drink writer who has written for various publications: Thrillist, Tales of the Cocktail, Sip Northwest, Drink Portland, and more. In addition to dimly lit bars, she has spent quite a bit of time in distilleries while writing “High-Proof PDX,” a guidebook to Portland distilleries (Fall 2017, Overcup Press). Before living in Portland, Karen resided in Minneapolis where she tended bar and served a lot of Thai Food.
 


Apple Cinnamon Sweet Tea - Cocktail Recipe

Have you checked out this issue of Chilled Magazine? if you haven't yet, here is a sneak peek at my recipe featured in "Food Know How"!

For fall/winter flavors, I took the apple pie and ran with it. Here in the Pacific Northwest, apple season is celebrated and you can find its influence on menus all over town. Apple pie is one of those classic American comfort foods. Those warm and fuzzy feels familiar on your tongue, radiating warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg throughout. Combined with another Southern Classic, sweet tea, it is a match made in heaven. 

For a unique twist on a spiked sweet tea, I chose to use a local Portland, OR product from Bull Run Distillery- Medoyeff Starka Vodka. Dubbed the "Vodka for Whiskey Lovers" it is a vodka aged in Oregon Pinot Noir barrels. Truly unique and flavorful, it adds depth and flavor to an otherwise simple recipe.

 

Apple Cinnamon Sweet Tea

4 oz Apple Cinnamon Sweet Tea
2 oz Medoyeff Starka (barrel aged Vodka)
1 oz Lemon Juice (strained)
3 dashes Grapefruit Bitters

Apple Cinnamon Sweet Tea: In a heat safe pitcher, combine 2 cups of sugar and 5 cups of boiling water, stir until sugar is dissolved. Add 4 bags of apple cinnamon herbal tea. Cover and steep until contents have come to room temperature. 

Combine all ingredients in shaker, shake fiercely and dump into collins glass. Garnish with Lemon wheel 

 

Weekly Whiskey- WhistlePig The Boss Hog 2014

The Boss Hog 2014 is an ultra premium 100% mash bill rye whiskey. Aged 13 years, and sits at 118 proof, respectively. This hot stuff boasts to be the finest rye in the world, also dubs this release as the "Spirit of Mortimer" after their late porcine companion. The pewter pig with wings that sits atop each bottle is a monument to their departed friend. 

According to Whistle Pig's Website: 

The 2014 Boss Hog was been selected from among our oldest and most unique barrels – Bond 77. Bond 77 entered wood on April 5, 2001. As part of a quadruple barrel aging process, the Spirit of Mortimer spent nearly 14 years in a combination of new American oak, and early use bourbon barrels. Bottled at cask-strength, the Spirit of Mortimer represents our purest, most powerful, and most primordial expression of the world’s finest rye.

I highly recommend checking out their Rye vs Bourbon page if you've ever wondered what the difference is between the two. Their notes on processes are also quite extensive. 

Although I don't agree with the founder's politics, I do appreciate this whiskey. For the price tag it is not the best value out there, but if you see it on a shelf, I recommend you get it while you can.