Maplecrest Valley, Thomas Cole and Black Dome Mountains
Thursdays are turning into creative days at Fort Defiance. Maybe its the lag in business during these last dog days of summer. I certainly wasn't feeling up to being too creative tonight as I was fighting off fatigue and a sore throat. I was also fighting off some depression. Its been over a month since I have had a day off and since my birthday that I was upstate in my beautiful mountains with my family. I was fondly remembering my brother's gypsy wedding last summer in the rain and the Wild Mountain Mojitos I made spontaneously with bourbon, maple syrup, fernet and the wild thyme that grows all over our valley. Though I made it as a julep over cracked ice with a big sprig of flowering thyme, I thought it really is a variation of a Manhattan and should be served as such. Besides, Fort Defiance is a classy place. And this new updated version deserves a classy name.
So, ladies and gentlemen, I present the Maplecrest; named for the town in which it was created. The lavender and thyme is a classic herbs de Provence combination. The mix of rye and bourbon give it a spicy sweet flavor. With a spring of fresh thyme floating on top it is an elegant and beautiful cocktail.
1 oz Rye
1 oz Bourbon
1/2 oz Fernet Branca
1/2 oz Lavender infused Maple Syrup
Strip and muddle some fresh thyme leaves in the maple syrup. Add other ingredients, ice and stir. Strain into a chilled cocktail coup and float a fresh branch of Thyme.