If you want to relax in Rustic style- you go to your cabin, or you go camping. Maybe a long hike.
But what if you’ve already used your vacation? What if its January? What if you’re too tired to hike?
Some people like to consume alcohol to take the edge off a long day, or to let loose.
But what if a Bloody Mary just doesn’t cut it- and you NEED that wilderness in your cocktail to transport you to the forest far away?
Never Fear! Here is a short list of vodkas, whiskeys and liquers to help you on your “intoxicating” journey.
And remember to experiment- you never know what you might like!
Barenjager ( “Bear Hunter” in German) is a delicious honey-flavored spirit made in Germany. Potent (35% alcohol) and thick, it’s easy to see how ancient trappers could lure bruins to drink this concoction! Barenjager was originally created by the Teuke and Konig Bear Trap Company as a Meschkinnes- a lure meant to attract Bears and then intoxicate them, making them easier to catch and kill.
The Alaska Distillery in Wasilla, Alaska has created a Smoked Salmon vodka.
Originally designed to give Bloody Mary’s an interesting flavor, people have found unique ways to use it- from accenting pasta sauces to creating bold cocktails.
An interesting concoction is the Loxtini, a chilled Salmon Vodka rimmed with cream cheese. Another interesting serving idea includes serving salmon vodka while consuming caviar to enhance the decadent experience.
Respect to the Hunt Master
The digestif known the world over, Jagermeister ( “Hunt Master” in German, interpreted as Game Warden) is a potent herbal liqueur meant to aid digestion after a hearty meal. The libation is made of 56 different herbs, roots, spices and fruits. The label displays the White Stag of Saint Hubert, and a German poem rims the label, that celebrates and honors the Hunter as he protects the animals and worships God as he hunts. And contrary to urban legend, Jagermeister contains no Elk Blood!
Whiskey Commemorates the Roundup
Pendleton Canadian Whiskey is a smooth, complex whiskey that is named to commemorate the world-famous rodeo in Pendleton, Oregon. Glacier- fed waters from Mount Hood bring a touch of the wilderness to this amazing spirit. Whiskey is synonymous with rough-and-tumble types, but this whiskey is surprisingly smooth compared to its American cousins. Canadian whiskey has different laws and uses more rye than American whiskey, and those small changes make Canadian whiskey smoother.
Part 2 will be about Rustic Beers.