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Entertaining this holiday season? We’ve partnered with David and Lesley Jacobs Solmonson of 12 Bottle Bar to bring you 12 new cocktails, one each week from now until New Years. Cheers!
In the interest of full disclosure, if we had named the Montpeculiar, it likely would be called the Hail Mary. At the eleventh hour of putting The 12 Bottle Bar Book together, we were short on cider drinks, and we sent a call out to our community of bartender friends. The valiant person to answer the call first was Naomi Schimek, then the beverage director of Los Angeles’ The Spare Room. The challenge we put forth was for an original hard cider recipe. What Ms. Schimek delivered was autumn in Vermont, conveniently served in a glass.
About the Montpeculiar
With the Montpeculiar, Schimek takes a traditional colonial beverage, the über-powerful Stone Fence (rum or whiskey and hard cider), tames it by lowering the hard spirit and brings in additional layers of citrus, spice and herbs. The result is nothing short of whisking your palate to the Green Mountains of Vermont, which it exactly what Schimek hopes to evoke.
If the spiciness of rye whiskey isn’t your thing, other whiskeys, rum or even gin substitute very well here, and the drink easily batches for a crowd. What’s not to love?
Of course, we needed a glass as opulent as the drink itself, so we used the Alegre Clear Beverage Glass as well as a set of Olivewood Coasters. We’re sure you’ll agree that, along with drink itself, they transport you straight to your grandma’s apple orchard (even if only in your dreams). Good thing grandma didn’t mind a proper drink.
Miss last week’s holiday cocktail? Get the recipe for the Jamaica Honey Bee from 12 Bottle Bar.