Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Cocktail Wednesdays: Armistice
We went to Frankenmouth this weekend for an event and while we were there, we picked up a bottle of Old George Double Barrel rye whiskey from the Grand Traverse Distillery tasting room. The distillery itself is up at the top of Michigan's lower peninsula in Traverse City,but I suppose that they decided that since Frankenmouth is a touristy little fake-Bavarian town, they should have a presence there, and from our perspective, they were not wrong. And unlike the cookoo clocks Scott was eyeing the whiskey was in our price range, though not as accessible as the fudge or cheese, and not really priced to be an every-day whiskey. So we chose to feature rye in our cocktail this week, Armistice.
1 1⁄2 oz Rye Whiskey
1⁄2 oz Dry Vermouth
1⁄4 oz Green Chartreuse
1⁄4 oz Maraschino Liqueur
2 ds Bitters, Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged
Stir over ice, strain into cocktail glass.
Although we don't have Fee Bros. Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters, we felt that the regular Fee Bros. old-fashioned bitters was a decent substitute.
The verdict: We liked this one. Unlike many other drinks with Chartreuse or maraschino, they don't hog center stage, because the rye also holds its own. There is spice from the rye, herbs from the chartreuse and sweetness from the maraschino. The smell reminds me of certain tisanes, with light herbal, almost floral note, but the flavor is stronger.