Hoppin' Eights Sour

1 1/2 oz. Hoppin Eights Rye Whiskey
1/4 oz. Maraschino Liqueur
1/4 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1/4 oz. Simple Syrup
fill with soda

Fill a Collins glass with ice, add all ingredients, and top with soda water.  Garnish with a lime wedge or fancy cherry.

Recipe by Sadie Davis from Night Light Lounge.

Nocino Cocktails

The Italian Sidecar

1.5 oz brandy
3/4 oz Nocino
1/2 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz lemon juice

lemon wheel garnish

Nutty Negroni

1 oz Nocino
1 oz Aviation Gin
1 oz Campari

Stirred with ice,
served up or on the rocks with orange twist.

Stone Barn Midnight Manhattan

2 oz Hard Eight Rye
1 oz Nocino
Dash of orange bitters

Stirred with ice, 
served up with brandied cherry garnish.

(from Absinthe, San Francisco)

1 oz Nocino
1 oz Bourbon
Splash almond syrup

Strirred with ice, 
served in a chilled Martini glass with freshly grated cinnamon.

While horse trekking in Mongolia this summer....

Bruce reports that the bottle was empty soon after this picture was taken.

Barrel Aging at Stone Barn

We just picked up a 60 gallon new oak barrel which we filled with a mixed grain whiskey.  (Rye, Oat, and a touch of Wheat) It is a Pennsylvania oak, bringing us to a mix of barrels from Missouri, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Limousin, France. Pictured above is the barrel getting conditioned and watering our garden niche at the same time.  Not including the two steel barrels supporting Sebastian, our tally is 19, ranging from 3 gallons to 60, and containing a variety of brandies, grappa, and whiskeys.