On a hot weekend in June we made two drinks that were both a hit in the warm weather. Both used the Hard Eight Rye pictured below.
The First drink was the Stone Barn Eightball-
Equal parts lemon juice, rye whiskey, simple syrup. Some orange bitters. Shake hard to get some froth and pour into a glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lemon ring
I was serving it up, but on fresh ice in a highball glass was also the original idea. Next time I might even mash a half lemon at the bottom of the high ball glass.
For the 2nd drink, I made a trial batch of Earl Grey-infused simple syrup from a giant tin of Earl Grey tea brought back in bulk from London earlier this year. A tasting room customer watching me strain the black tea out of the syrup remarked that Earl Grey was the tea of choice for Captain Picard. A drink is born......
So, for the Picard Sour, equal parts Earl Grey-infused simple syrup, rye, and lemon juice. Bitters optional. The brown syrup provides a wonderful rich color to the cocktail, and the lemon provides a welcome refreshment on hot days as we had this weekend.