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The Day Tripper

May 11, 2020

The Day Tripper

A twist on your old man's favorite from Slow & Low

In a citrusy twist on a historic elixir, adding a little Vitamin-C to “grandpa’s old cough medicine” gets your brain right for a long day on the river.

Hochstadter’s SLOW & LOW Rock and Rye, traces its roots back to 1884 before cask strength spirits were an aficionados' commodity. The “Rock,” as in Rock candy, soaks in the rye to make it palatable at saloons, and it was then later served up in pharmacies as a cure-all during prohibition.

Best enjoyed with a raft, a reel and a day to kill.

Halflight 375/Firelight 750

Slow & Low Rock and Rye

6oz/12oz

Nectar Agave

3oz/6oz

Lemon Juice

1.5oz/3oz

Combine and shake all of the ingredients. Strain into your High Camp Flask.

Serve over ice and garnish with a lemon slice.

Download the recipe card here

About Hochstadter's Rock and Rye

ROCK AND RYE IS ALMOST AS OLD AS THE COUNTRY IT WAS BORN IN AND ITS HISTORY IS JUST AS VAST AND CURIOUS.

SLOW & LOW WAS INSPIRED BY THE ORIGINAL HOCHSTADTER'S ROCK AND RYE RECIPE AND A FEW OTHER 19TH CENTURY RECIPES WE HAPPENED TO UNEARTH.

Its humble beginnings can be traced back to the saloons of the burgeoning nation‚ where stern-faced barkeeps would pour a shot of rye and let the customers add their own rock candy‚ thereby creating a drink similar to the granddaddy of all cocktails: the Old Fashioned. The effects of the new concoction were so immediate and so powerful that by the mid 19th Century the Rock and Rye cocktail migrated from the bar to the pharmacy.

 

As a pharmaceutical drink‚ it was used to snuff coughs‚ colds‚ sore throats‚ bronchitis‚ asthma‚ pneumonia‚ consumption‚ sniffles‚ grippes and chills‚ diseases of the throat‚ chest and lungs. No ailment great or small was immune to rock and rye's therapeutic might. Later‚ as men reacquired a taste for it and began drinking it for pleasure again‚ it became an American standard‚ prepared and bottled by distillers and bootleggers alike as it migrated back from the pharmacy to the bar. By then the legend had taken firm root in the national psyche. Celebrated in popular culture‚ rock and rye was mentioned by none other than Sheriff Pat Garrett as the libation of choice for his pals as they chased Billy The Kid across the rugged Western landscape.







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