Woodland Creature cocktail: Squirrel Cache

Squirrel Cache

No party, even a blog party, would be complete without something to sip. We asked local traveling speakeasy, The Sawbuck, to gin up a cocktail each week that fits our Halloween Blog Party theme. You’ll want to squirrel this recipe away for any fall or winter day when a little creature comfort is required.

You’re a wee little woodland creature and winter is just around the bend. What one thing are you going to stock your cache with to make sure you emerge from the other side of winter sane, happy and (mostly) healthy?

Well, if you’re anything like The Sawbuck, you’re going to choose a cocktail, of course. But not just any cocktail — it’ll have to be something layered, balanced and just a little bit nutty. Enter the Squirrel Cache cocktail.

This appropriately autumnal concoction balances the sweetness of bourbon, maple syrup and sweet vermouth with the citrusy acidity of lemon juice and the nuttiness à deux of Frangelico (an easy-to-find hazelnut liqueur) and walnut bitters (or Angostura, in a pinch) — all tied together with a hearty sprig of fresh, piney rosemary!

Squirrel Cache

2 oz. Bourbon
1/2 oz. Sweet Vermouth
1/2 oz. Frangelico
1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
1/4 oz. Maple Syrup
2 dashes Walnut or Angustora Bitters
Rosemary Sprig

Shake all ingredients (except the rosemary) with ice. Clap the rosemary sprig between your palms to release the fragrant oils. Invert the rosemary sprig over a chilled glass filled with fresh ice and, using a strainer, pour the liquid over the sprig, allowing it to trickle down the rosemary needles and into the glass. Garnish with the rosemary sprig. Enjoy!

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