Friday, October 4, 2013

Colonial Cocktails: Old Stone House

Bars that tout their classic cocktails are often serving well-crafted Manhattans and martinis, drinks that were popular in the 1920s.

But Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn, goes much further back. This history museum, site of the Battle of Brooklyn in the Revolutionary War, served Colonial cocktails to drum up support for its planned interactive exhibit.

The beguiling cocktail, a ‘shrubb,’ is a bourbon based drink with apple cider vinegar. It reminded me of the ‘drinking vinegars’ served at Pok Pok, which proves that good things come around.

The Old Stone House, part of the Historic House Trust of New York City, anchors Washington Park. The park has a fabulous playground, a turf field and a host of family and adult programming.

Shrubb Cocktail – serves 2  

3 oz   Apple Brandy
2 oz   Bourbon 
3 oz   Dark Amber Maple Syrup
1 oz   Apple Cider Vinegar
A few dashes of bitters 

The Old Stone House served these cold, with a twist of orange peel, so the drinks looked like Negronis. If you have an old fashioned cocktail coupe, shake the drink with ice in a martini shaker and serve in the coupe.

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