Forager Apertif

This week’s signature cocktail comes from our own Jahmal White! Coming from over a decade of bartending experience, Jahmal has designed a few amazing cocktails that bring out the best in our spirits.

The first installment is our Foraged Apertif, a light and effervescent cocktail that packs a punch. Perfect welcome cocktail for your next dinner party or as a easy to drink batch cocktail that is dangerously easy to sip.

Ingredients

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  • 1 oz Forager

  • .5 oz Luxardo Apertivo

  • .25 oz lemon juice

  • .25 oz simple syrup

  • Old Westminster Farm Fizz Sparkling Wine

  • Crushed ice

To Prepare

  • Mix Forager, Luxardo, lemon juice and simple syrup in glass

  • Add crushed ice

  • Top with sparkling wine

  • Garnish with lemon or orange peel

  • Enjoy!

Four Course Summer Paired Dinner

Photo Courtesy of Elena Cornejo Castro

Photo Courtesy of Elena Cornejo Castro

If you missed our inaugural Inventor’s Club dinner last week, no worries! We have four simple cocktails that are easy to make and great to pair with fresh summer ingredients for your next dinner party. We have included some recommended paired dishes with each course. Special thanks to Chef Minda Metz of Love and Dishes Catering for the inspiring dishes that led to these cocktail creations!

Welcome Cocktais

McClintock Grey

  • 1.5 oz Epiphany Vodka

  • .5 oz Element Ginger Lime Shrub

  • 3 oz Early Grey Tea

  • Squeeze of Lemon Juice

  • Served in highball glass over ice with a mint sprig garnish

Frederick Crush

  • 1.5 oz Epiphany Vodka

  • .5 oz Blood Orange Saffron Cordial

  • 3 oz Orange Juice

  • Served in highball glass over ice with orange slice garnish

Paired with: Light appetizers and finger foods

  • Beef Tenderloin Crustini

  • Deviled Eggs Topped with Lobster

  • Maryland Shrimp and Grits Bites

  • Gruyere Cheese Flatbread Topped with Mushrooms and Onions

Photo Courtesy of Elena Cornejo Castro

Photo Courtesy of Elena Cornejo Castro

First Course

Garden Gin Fizz

  • 1.5 oz Gardeners Gin

  • .5 oz Element Blueberry Rosemary Shrub

  • 3 oz Soda Water

  • Served in rocks glass with lemon slice garnish

Paired with: Light salad, fresh fruit or assortment of breads

  • Summer salad with balsamic dressing served with bourbon soaked peaches, braised pork belly and bayley hazen blue cheese


Second Course

Summer Stinger

  • 2 oz Forager Gin

  • 1 oz Green Chartreuse

  • 2 Drops Modern Barcart Tiki Bitters

  • Spash of Club Soda

Paired With: Freshwater or bay fish, lighter seafood dishes, roasted chicken

  • Pan seared, wild caught rockfish with a lump crab and lemon vinaigrette. Served with Gouda stuffed Yukon gold potatoes and roasted veggies

Desert

Bootjack Old Fashioned

  • 2 oz Bootjack Rye Whiskey

  • .25 oz Rosemary Infused Simple Syrup

  • 2 Drops Modern Barcart Liquid Gold Bitters

  • Served in rocks glass an garnished with orange peel

Paired With: Chocolate, pies, puddings and cakes

  • Smith Island Cake

  • Strawberry Cheescake

  • Carrot Cake

  • S’more Bites

  • Caramel Popcorn

Photo Courtesy of Elena Cornejo Castro

Photo Courtesy of Elena Cornejo Castro

The Frederick Crush

This month’s signature cocktail includes a special look at our brand new Blood Orange Saffron Cordial; an all natural liqueur made from organic grains, blood orange slices, ginger, carrots and saffron. This beautifully bright and savory spirit is a wonderful spring sipper and as you can see below makes a great cocktail adjunct as well. You can replace your Cointreau, Triple-Sec or Orange Liqueur with the BOS cordial to make a spice-forward naturally flavored margarita, negroni or orange crush! You can pick up a bottle of the Blood Orange Saffron Cordial this Saturday, April 20th at the release party at our distillery or get a special discounted bottle at the Frederick Spirits Festival.

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Being native Marylanders we know that when the weather gets warm, it is Orange Crush season and this cocktail is a McClintock Twist on this classic Maryland drink. Easy to make and incredibly bright and refreshing, we are proud to present to you: The Frederick Crush.

Ingredients

  • 2 Ounces Epiphany Vodka

  • 1 Ounce Blood Orange Saffron Cordial

  • 4 Ounces Orange Juice

  • Sparkling Wine

  • Blood Orange Wheel

To Prepare

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  • Combine OJ, vodka and cordial in shaker

  • Shake vigorously with ice

  • Strain into highball glass

  • Optional: Add sparkling wine float for effervescence

  • Garnish with orange wheel

  • Enjoy!

The Little Things

This amazing (and beautiful cocktail) comes from our friend Jake (@jake_brews on instagram). It is one of the most delicate and gorgeous cocktails we have seen and comes with an almost poetic story and outlook.

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Sometimes it’s the little things in life...and cocktails - like making sure that every drop of beautiful egg white foam  makes it into the cocktail, or dripping a few dashes of incredibly unique Honesysuckle bitters from Pink House Alchemy into the foam to attract smell, sight, and taste, or even just finding literal scraps and turning them into a beautiful garnish for a lovely cocktail.

The little things in life really add up to big things. Do all of the little things right and big things will come your way. Be diligent and strive to be your best in every aspect of your life and good things will come.

Ingredients

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  • 2 oz @mcclintockdistilling Forager Gin

  • .75 oz lemon juice

  • .75 oz homemade hop simple syrup

  • Muddled Cucumber

  • Egg white

  • 2 dash Pink House Alchemy Honeysuckle bitters

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To Prepare:

  • Dry Shake/Wet Shake

  • Strain over ice,

  • Drop 5 drops of Honeysuckle bitters into foam

  • Garnish w/ cucumber & lemon rose

  • Enjoy! .

The (New) Old Fashioned

This week’s signature cocktail is the first featuring our award winning McClintock’s Reserve Gin Finished in Cognac Barrels. It comes to us from the amazing folks at The Center Club in Baltimore and is a refreshing new take on one of our favorite classic cocktails. Big Shout out to Chyfel Madera for putting this delicious cocktail together.

Ingredients

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  • 2oz McClintock’s Reserve Gin

  • 3/4oz Raw Cane Simple Syrup (Infused with Rosemary, Lemon and Orange Oils)

  • 4 Dashes Angustura Bitters

  • Rosemary Sprig

Instructions

  • Stir the Reserve and Cane Simple Syrup in rocks glass

  • Add bitters to taste

  • Serve over Ice (One large cube for best results)

  • Garnish with Rosemary Sprig

  • Enjoy!

You can enjoy this cocktail as the featured cocktail at the center club all month and while you are there try some of the other ingenious concoctions from master bartender Chyfel!

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