Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock and Rye

The Cooper Spirits Co. 84 Proof, No age statement.
Price? Cheap as heck, $20 for 750 ml. $12 for 375 ml.

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from http://www.facebook.com/pg/drinkslowandlow

A modern release of a classic American cocktail:

“Rock and Rye was once believed to be a cure-all for the common cold. So famous were the phlegm-fighting qualities of the drink in days gone by that children used to be given rock-and-rye-flavored cough drops at the first sign of hacking and whooping. Now the drink is being revived by bartenders who see it as a cure for the common cocktail…. Rock and Rye held on to its reputation as a cure-all well into the 20th century. No. 434 in “The American Credo,” George Jean Nathan and H.L. Mencken’s biting 1920 catalog of things Americans believed in, was “That rock-and-rye will cure a cold.” At a 1952 conference of the Common Cold Foundation, a prominent Johns Hopkins virologist, Dr. Thomas G. Ward, was asked what medicine could do against the stubborn rhinovirus. “Personally, my favorite treatment is old Maryland Rock and Rye,” he replied.
A Cocktail for What Ails You, Eric Felten, June 2009, Wall Street Journal

Made with: straight rye whiskey (a blend, based around a 6 year old), Pennsylvania honey, air-dried navel oranges from Florida, Angostura-style cocktail bitters, and rock candy.

Nose : honey, bitters (perhaps a hint of cloves?)

Palate: citrus, honey, bitters, and the rye is just beneath. Very sweet – but not “well aged whiskey with hints of barrel carmelization” sweet, but rather “we added some rock candy” sweet.

Best served over a lot of ice: this classic cocktail is a bit heavy on the flavors to drink straight. The ice cools and cuts it, to turn it into a pleasant, classic cocktail.  If you’re used to drinking regular (unflavored) whiskey, this might seem too flavored, but in that case just cut it 50-50 with a favorite whiskey, and it might then magically match your palate.

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