We wanted a cocktail using the savory notes of aquavit to play off of refreshing apple and celery flavors. We had collaborated with Catoctin Creek to produce a limited run of a cocktail we had featured in the past, a Cold Apple Toddy. We sent them a recipe, and they produced what is essentially a bottled cocktail: apples roasted in spices and sugar, which they blended with their Quarter Branch Apple Brandy and then aged in their apple brandy casks. The result is sweetly apply but light and delicate, with lots of clove and cinnamon notes.
We take the resulting Catoctin Creek Spiced Apple Toddy and blend it with aquavit, celery, brandy, and black walnut bitters to make an intense, spirit-forward cocktail that is bursting with savory and sweet spices, which are tempered by the green and refreshing notes of the apple and celery.