Monday, July 20, 2015

Stone Fruit Vodka Old Fashioned with Hangar 1 Vodka

I was recently invited to Summer Fête with Hangar 1 Vodka to drink delicious summery cocktails and chat with their Master Distiller, Caley Shoemaker.  It was a lovely event - delicious drinks, gorgeous nibbles, and everyone who came to the party was able to bring home their own bottle of Hangar 1 Straight Vodka painted by Katie Rodgers, aka Paper Fashion.

Hand Painted Bottles
Hangar 1 Straight Vodka is unique because it is made of a blend of pot-distilled wine grapes and column-distilled Midwestern Wheat, a process that gives the vodka a nice fruity flavor that marries beautifully with other fruit flavors.  Given that it's summertime and there is an abundance of fresh produce right now, I wanted to create my own summery infusion with fresh cherries and apricots - one of my favorite summer fruit combinations.  I put the fruit in a small glass bottle, topped it off with the vodka, and let it sit for about a week.

Apricot Cherry Infused Vodka
When it comes to cocktails, often a simple cocktail showcases a spirit best, and I wanted all those fresh fruit flavors to come through in this drink.  I immediately thought of a spin on an old fashioned - but with vodka!?!?!  I know, it feels like sacrilege!  Stick with me people - it's delicious.

I roasted up some more cherries (cut in half, 10 minutes at 400 degrees), and then muddled one whole cherry with a barspoon of sugar.  The roasted cherries caramelize and become extra sweet and delicious, becoming the perfect syrup for an old fashioned!  I added my apricot-cherry infused vodka, a barspoon of Amaro di Angostura and Barrel Aged Forbidden Bitters to give the cocktail a bit of barrel spiciness, rounding out the drink beautifully. Top it off with fresh apricot, half of a roasted cherry, and a sprig of Tarragon to add a bit of freshness. 

And just like that, I've found my new favorite summer drink.


Stone Fruit Vodka Old Fashioned
Created by Gastronomista

2 oz Apricot Cherry Infused Hangar 1 Straight Vodka
1 Barspoon Demerara Sugar
1 Whole Roasted Cherry
1 Barspoon Amaro di Angostura
5 Dashes Miracle Mile Barrel Aged Forbidden Bitters
2 Apricot Slices and 1/2 Roasted Cherry to Garnish
Tarragon Sprig to Garnish

Muddle roasted cherries in the bottom of a glass with a barspoon of Demerara Sugar.  Add Vodka, Amaro, Bitters, and stir.  Add a large ice cube, and garnish with two slices of fresh apricot, topped with half of a roasted cherry and a sprig of fresh Tarragon. 

Roasted Cherries

Cut cherries in half and place on a baking pan.  Roast for 10 minutes at 400 degrees.

Apricot-Cherry Infused Vodka

Thinly Slice 1 Apricot and a handful of cherries.  Place into a non-reactive bottle, an top with vodka.  Let sit for 1-2 weeks, and enjoy!

Pro Tip: Cut the fruit extra thin so it will easily come out of the bottle when you're finished!

Styling Notes
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