Drinking the Farmer’s Market: “The Woodsman”

July 6th, 2013 - filed under: The Food » Recipes


And now for something a little different; a departure from the citrus and summer fruit we’ve been blending into our cocktails so far. We’ll call this one “The Woodsman” because, well, it just tastes a little bit woodsy. Like something a woodsy bearded fellow would sip on the porch of his log cabin somewhere high up in the mountains – liquors infused with herbs that grow wild in the woods around him.

Or something.

I don’t know, this one needed a for-real moniker. A drink like this deserves such a thing.


Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat: this is a serious drink. This is a drink for people who like their drinks to taste like drinks, if you know what I mean. Martini lovers, Manhattan swillers – this is a drink for you. Those of you who are more of the Margarita/Punch/Daiquiri persuasion, well you may want to skip this one (and there’s nothing wrong with that!).


The Woodsman is a delicate blend of liquors and sodas. You’ll need (serves 2):

1 ounce thyme-infused vodka (see infusion instructions here; herbs take about a week)
1 ounce rosemary-infused vodka (see infusion instructions here; herbs take about a week)
1 ounce Oloroso sherry
1 ounce Carpano Antica (or other sweet vermouth)

2 ounces bitter lemon
2 ounces club soda


Combine the vodkas, sherry, and vermouth in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously to combine. But make sure the lid is on tight, so that maybe the whole thing doesn’t fly off and spray booze all over the kitchen and yourself. Because that would be ridiculous . . .

Pour into two glasses, dividing evenly. Add 1 ounce of bitter lemon and 1 ounce of club soda to each glass.


I served these garnished with a cocktail onion skewered on a sprig of fresh rosemary. An orange twist would be nice as well.

In the spirit of experimentation, I would love to see this made with various other herbal infusions. I’m thinking sage, oregano, even dill or parsley. The sky’s the limit!



  • Nikki @ Eat To The Beet

    I’m a vodka martini girl all-the-way, and I love herbal infusions. Therefore, I will most definitely fall in love with this drink.

  • Rebecca

    My boyfriend is a bearded Norwegian Viking. I think this is the drink for him! It would put hairs on his chest if he didn’t already have a forest there! X

  • skeptk_vegan

    This looks awesome. I love the garnish. Fitting drink for an Alaskan!

  • http://brokeandbeautiful.com/ Lindsay Is Broke

    Oh my gosh, this is so my kind of drink! I bet it’d be great with gin, too.

  • stephie137

    Spectacular. Manhattans and martinis are my faves. Nicely done!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    I love this comment but I love even more that someone “up-voted” it. I guess there is more than one Bonzai reader with a forest-chested viking boyfriend! =D

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Yay! Let me know when you try it, especially if you use different herbs!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Very fitting for an Alaskan . . . though that’s only for a few more days right??!

    The garnish was pretty fun, I think it really set the look. =)

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Totally! Gin is my fave, and this would definitely be great with gin. Hmmm, herb-infused gin may have to be my next project . . .

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  • Rebecca

    Brilliant! What can I say, those Vikings are well known for wisking away woman with the use of their rugged good looks!

  • Rebecca

    Yes! I’ve been thinking about maybe making a lavender infused gin…BUT I’m too worried that if it all goes tits up, I’ve wasted good gin…