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.
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.