March Metro New York Mixology

Roll up… Roll up for the Mystery Tour croons John Lennon… And on this sweet note and closely approaching cold front from the west, my palate quickens and my thirst becomes ever present. by Warren Bobrow

I need something that sticks in my mind and quenches my desire from the dry air.

The bracing flavor of freshly picked heirloom apples, as found in Eden “Calville Blend” Ice Cider calls out for your grandfather’s favorite cut crystal glass adorned solely with a glistening chunk of hand cut ice.

Splash a few ounces of this lush ice cider over this pure ice and let it capture your imagination for flavor. You can also drink the ice cider straight if desired. Eden Ice Cider is world-class stuff and if you’ve never had ice cider, I’d get some as quickly as possible. It’s that striking.

For the uninitiated, the whiskey for this drink is none other than the Barrell Batch #001, Cask Strength, and 122.5 Proof. When combined with the salubrious Eden Ice Cider something truly charmed takes place. The robust notes of charred stone fruits and tangy quince gives way to the playfulness of the ice cider. I’ve frolicked in a glass with the flavors of ice cider and bourbon, but not with something as complex and haunting as Barrell Whiskey. Barrell Whiskey is crafted with a mashbill consisting of corn, rye and malted barley.

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There really are very few whiskies that I like as much as the new version of the Barrell #001. This is amazing stuff, Barrell Whiskey and it is more than worthy of your hard earned money!

A hand-polished spear or a shimmering hunk of ice with the addition of a healthy splash of the Eden Ice Cider makes this drink noteworthy by itself, but then you should get to the serious business of hand-extracting the richly aromatic, zest of an orange.

My friend and fellow cocktailian, Gary Regan always says that you should never use a peeler- but always cut your orange zest with a paring knife. I agree with him because even when you are in the weeds, with guests parked three deep at the bar clamoring for another finger-stirred Negroni, your favorite paring knife will be your best friend.

Every drink that you make will recognize the extra effort that you utilize. I think it’s vital to use the best components in all mixed drinks even if they take a few extra seconds. This time shows that you care deeply about the world outside of your own.

I’m a fan of cocktail bitters in my drinks and I recommend that you utilize the high quality, Bitter Truth lemon bitters for balance. Bitters to the mixologist are comparable to the spice drawer for chefs. Bitters add balance and candor and they offer a sense of humility and depth to your craft cocktail. Bitters are the framework for completion and in my humble opinion they are essential in many mixed drinks. Lemon bitters add a bit of acidity and wittiness to your guest’s experience. Lemon bitters are available almost everywhere so you should at least find them just so you can do a bit of experimentation with them. If you are ever looking for a refreshing “mock-tail” please try taking a pint of seltzer water and adding about 5 drops of lemon bitters…. Sip, sip away!

Thomas Paine’s Throbbing Left Elbow


  • 3 oz. Barrell Whiskey #001
  • 2 oz. Eden Ice Cider
  • 2-3 shakes Bitter Truth Lemon Bitters
  • Hand Cut Ice (Essential)


  1. To a cocktail mixing glass, fill ¾ with regular bar ice
  2. Add the Barrell Whiskey
  3. Add the Eden Ice Cider
  4. Mix with a long cocktail spoon
  5. Pour into 2 “Old Fashioned” glasses with a nice rough chunk of ice
  6. Cut a wide zest of orange and twist over the top, releasing the essential oils
  7. Dot with the Bitter Truth Lemon Bitters to finish…
  8. Thomas Paine! Thomas Paine! Whacked his funny bone (Thomas Paine’s elbow) on a cast iron drain… Oh gosh that smarts, Thomas Paine.