|Bonded Whiskey Warehouse. Photo via PBS|
|"Remember the Maine" cocktail at Barrelhouse Flat|
Here are the stipulations for an American spirit to be bottled in bond:
1. It must be the product of one distillation season.
2. It must come from one distiller and one distillery.
3. It must be stored in a federally bonded facility under government supervision for four years.
4. It must be 100 proof (the very reason to know the meaning of this term when ordering - that's a stiff cocktail!).
5. The bottled spirit's label must identify the distillery (as a number), where it was distilled and where it was bottled.
I encourage you to peruse Barrelhouse Flat's online cocktail menu, and if you get the chance, stop by and get a drink - you'll definitely enjoy the bygone aesthetic.
The cocktail this week is from the New York Times. Said to aid the digestion of a stuffed stomach, it's a good nightcap after a holiday meal. Remember though, at 100-proof, stick to just one.
|Medicinal Bonded Whiskey, an exception during Prohibition. Photo via PBS|
1 1/2 ounces straight rye whiskey, like Rittenhouse Bonded Rye Whiskey
1 1/2 ounces lighter Italian amaro, like Nonino
Thin-cut lemon peel, for garnish.
Stir the rye and amaro together with plenty of cracked ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with the lemon peel.
P.S. A wealth of information: Ken Burn's "Prohibition"