You don't often have to travel far for delicious cocktail inspiration. Many bars in both Columbus and Cincinnati have turned the act of imbibing into an art form- crafting one-of-a-kind cocktails with interesting, often local, combinations of ingredients and unique preparation techniques. Today however we ventured south of Ohio to Nashville, TN where our friends at In The Middle have supplied us with a little cocktail inspiration courtesy of one of their latest Music City adventures at Bar No. 308. The ladies behind In The Middle have a passion for finding the best food, drink, and events that Nashville has to offer and we here at Mishaps & Mimosas were super excited to recreate a drink from one of their favorite bars!
So without further adieu, I present Bar No. 308's FoxGlove cocktail, here reimagined and renamed the Foxy Lady! The original list of ingredients we were given included Cava, Orange, Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth, Benedictine, and Nux Alpina Walnut Liqueur. After a trip to my trusty liquor store, Weiland's Market in Columbus, I first began exploring the potential of this cocktail by sampling all of the ingredients separately as I was unfamiliar with several of them. You'll have to go to a decent liquor store in your area to find the likes of Benedictine and Walnut Liqueur but let me tell you they're well worth the effort and extra expense. With the help of my good friend Laura I have broken down the cast of characters in this cocktail:
- Benedictine is a cognac-based herbal liqueur from France, originally crafted around 1510 by the Benedictine monks. While the exact formula is cloaked in secrecy (only 3 people know of it at any given time,) it tastes of herbs and spices with a sweet honey flavor that sits on the tongue. Enjoy this golden liqueur on it's own or mixed into such classic cocktails as the Singapore Sling.
- Nocino Walnut Liqueur is a locally made liqueur from Columbus-based Watershed Distillery, crafted from unripe black walnuts, sugar & spices. It has a slightly bitter, woodsy flavor with a sweet, smooth finish and can be drunk as a digestif, mixed into cocktails or added as a dessert topping. For those outside the midwest try finding Nux Alpina Walnut Liqueur.
- Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth has a strong grape scent and a sweet, syrupy flavor. The flavor is rich and complex and ultimately Laura and I decided that our version of the FoxGlove tasted better without it. I did however mix up a rather delightful Manhattan with this red vermouth and would recommend it if you're a fan of Manhattan's or Negroni's.
Our final concoction was a bit of a deviation from the original list but I'm happy with the results and I hope you enjoy! The Foxy Lady cocktail is a seductress to your palate- tempting you in with a rich warm flavor which is delicately balanced by the crisp freshness of the Cava. This drink would be a great aperitif for a dinner party with friends, served up with some light appetizers while Billie Holiday croons in the background. Perfect!
The Foxy Lady
1 oz. Benedictine
4-5 dashes of Fee Brother's Black Walnut Bitters
1/4 oz. Walnut Liqueur
3 oz. Cava
Peel of an orange
In a cocktail mixer muddle an orange peel with the Benedictine and Walnut Bitters. Add a few cubes of ice and stir until chilled. Strain the ingredients into a cocktail glass and add 3 oz. of chilled Cava. Add the Walnut Liqueur last and enjoy this sweet, bubbly concoction!
Also be sure to check out In The Middle's post about Bar No. 308 in Nashville!