Photo Courtesy of Ed Felker
In the hospitality and meetings industry, green travel is becoming a new statement. Even in hotel lounges, cocktails that are made locally are becoming a trend. Hotels and conference centers are purchasing domestic wines, spirits and more. It’s no longer impressive to clients if the wine is from Italy and more impressive to eat and drink food grown locally. As the CEO of Loews Hotel said, “Gourmet is going green” (Hotels Embrace “Buy Local” Mandate). On property, our own lounges serve locally made drinks such as Catoctin Creek, a Virginia distillery. We’ve included 3 hot toddies recipes from our January client tasting with Catoctin Creek. Warm up to these locally made drinks this Valentine’s Day Weekend (and enjoy being green):
Classic Tom Collins with Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
2 oz of Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
1 tsp of simple syrup
Use a high ball glass. Squeeze in lemon and simple syrup. Add ice to fill glass. Add Gin. Add soda. Stir.
Hot Toddy with Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 Tbsp honey
1 cup hot water
1 green tea bag
Coat bottom of mug with honey. Separately boil hot water and place green tea bag in separate mug. Add Rye and squeeze in lemon into mug with honey. Pour in hot green tea into mug with honey, Rye and lemon. Stir.
Classic Martini with Catoctin Creek Mosby’s Spirit
1.5 oz of Catoctin Creek Mosby’s Spirit
0.25 oz of Vermouth
Combine Mosby’s Spirit and vermouth with ice in a shaker. Shake well and strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemon twist.
Enjoy and drink responsibly! To learn more about Catoctin Creek visit their website.