A Peach Cobbler predates common usage of “cocktail” and was a common way to cut the strength of strong spirits with the sweetness of fresh fruit. We’ve made it a little more seasonal by preserving peaches in some fall spices, adding grated ginger. It’s a murky drink with the fruit muddled in, and delicious.
2 oz. George Washington’s Straight Rye Whiskey
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. freshly grated, peeled ginger
3/4 oz. simple syrup (1:1)
2 slices fresh peaches or spiced, brandied peaches (in the fall)
Steve Bashore and of George Washington’s Distillery
5514 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309
Beth’s special September cocktail “Front Royal” features two #VaSpirits: KO Distilling Battle Standard Navy Strength Gin and James River Distillery Øster Vit. Beth carries a sizable amount of #VaSpirits behind the bar.
1 oz. of KO Distilling Battle Standard Navy Strength Gin
1 oz. of James River Distillery Øster Vit
½ oz. of Black Locust vinegar
½ oz. of lemon
½ oz. of simple syrup
Shaken, strained over large ice cube in a rox glass with a twist of lemon
Beth Dixon of Pasture
416 E Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219
The Tennyson is named after Frank Tennyson, one of Mama J’s regulars who passed away unexpectedly this year. Frank sat at their bar at least four or five times a week and was considered family.
2 oz. KO Distilling Battle Standard Navy Strength Gin
1/2 oz. Dry Vermouth
Splash of Tonic Water
Stir or shake the gin, vermouth and tonic in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Make a slit in cucumber and run around the rim and drop it in.
Kelli Lemon of Mama J’s
415 N 1st St, Richmond, VA 23219
KO Distillery’s Bare Knuckle Wheat Whiskey is ready for a fight. Recalling one of the civil war’s epic battles in Manassas; the soldiers continued fighting despite running out of bullets.
2 oz KO Wheat Whiskey
1 oz Antica Torino Rosso
2 dashes of Baked Apple Bitters
Combine Whiskey and Vermouth in a mixing glass full of ice. Stir and strain into a chilled martini glass. Add two dashes of Baked Apple Bitters and garnish with a Luxardo Cherry on a saber.
Matt Perkins of Magnolias at the Mill
198 north 21st street