1oz/6oz Dry Red Wine (Zinfandel, Merlot, or Malbec)
Add bourbon, lemon juice and cinnamon syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake hard for 15 seconds. Strain over fresh ice into an old fashioned glass. Pour the red wine over the back of a spoon to float it on top of the cocktail. Garnish with a lemon wheel.
Break up six cinnamon sticks (approx. 3” long) and add to a saucepan with 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Bring to a boil then simmer for 15 mins. Let syrup cool with the cinnamon in it. Once cooled, strain cinnamon and keep in fridge. (Yields approx. 1 cup)
This story should have been about the perfect cocktails for a Moab trip in April, then it was Whistler in June, then Downieville in August… This cocktail collaboration with Pivot Cycles was to be my anti-bachelor party - for the guys in our High Camp riding crew who didn’t want the traditional tomfoolery of a bachelor party - who just wanted to go somewhere epic and ride. We envisioned a much different storyline for our first promotion with Pivot, but eventually 2020, as we know it, arrived. We postponed our weddings, got refunds for our flights, and then the fear and uncertainty of our new-normal set in.
In collaboration with Breckenridge Distilling, we tested a bottle of their new Rum Cask Finish Whiskey in one of our go-to cocktails: The Blood & Sand. It calls for Scotch, but this year was all about adapting our appetite to domestic possibilities. The resulting substitution of a smokey scotch for an apple-cinnamon laced whiskey teleported this cocktail into the tiki-verse. After a hot and dusty ride, this cocktail doubled-down on our sentiment that paradise is where you take it.
Doris and Fred are derisive terms used by “serious” cyclists to describe, well, everyone else. This cocktail is for those who choose to ride to have fun, and pack a drink for the finish line. This collab comes straight from the folks at Pivot Cycles and the 105 proof whiskey ofBreckenridge Distillers High Proof. It’s loaded with notes of caramel, almonds, and orange peel to complement the tannins in the tea used in this unique group of mixing agents. She’s No Doris is a hell of an apres-ride.