Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Imbibe Mondays: How to make the Harvest Moonlight Cocktail

Presenting a Portland Craft Cocktail:

"I got my Dickel, I got my sausage, this is a happy hour!"
- Anonymous Camper (hint: I'm married to her.)

So far, for most of my Imbibe Mondays (I know its Tuesday, oops!) I have stuck to fairly simple recipes. I have generally used recipes with few ingredients, and any “cocktail seasoning” I have used consisted of store bought bitters. Good bitters no less, I thought I would stretch out a little and make a cocktail, still fairly simple, but with an added twist of adding homemade cinnamon spiced agave simple syrup.

Constantly perusing the net for good cocktail recipes, especially ones that fit my current stock of spirits, I always seem to find myself coming back to Portland Craft Cocktails. Due to their dedication for quality, promotion of craft spirits, and their simply huge catalogue of great recipes, I can always find what I’m looking for. Recently I found the Harvest Moonlight cocktail, one of the best recipes to use for a white dog whiskey because the cinnamon agave syrup complements and tones down the the tenacious quality of the white dog. Easier than the Old Fashioned, this is a quickly made and satisfying cocktail.

Harvest Moonlight Recipe (1 Serving):
1.5 oz white whiskey (Edgefield White Dog)
Dash of the cinnamon spice agave simple syrup (Directions for making the syrup are listed below)
2 dashes Angostura bitters 

Directions (simply simple):
Step 1: Place all three makings in a lowball glass. I still had Edgefield's White Dog on hand so that's what I used, but any white dog works, especially barley based unaged whiskeys.

I used about a quarter to half a teaspoon of the cinnamon spice agave simple syrup.

Step 2: Mix ingredients, add one or two large ice cubes, and mix again until well chilled.

Step 3: Enjoy! 

Cinnamon Spiced Agave Simple Syrup Recipe:
Heat raw blue agave syrup with spring water at a 1:1 ratio with 1-2 medium broken Ceylon cinnamon sticks on stove-top until fragrant. Bottle. Stores 7-10 days.


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