Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? Four hundred miles from the amazing cocktails at the Eddy, I find myself trying to figure out how to recreate- or at least imitate- the taste of some delicious concoctions. (This endeavor really is about the taste and not just the alcohol.)
The Eddy offers up “the hills are alive!” comprised of Haymans Old Tom gin, Cardamaro, Cocchi Americano, and Bittermens’ Scarborough Bitters. I finally found Cocchi Americano in a Delaware liquor store, but nothing else has turned up locally or in my (non-exhaustive) searches as I travel the mid-Atlantic.
So, what to do? Improvise, of course. So I offer you the Over the Hill(s), complete with a song.
1.5 ounces Catoctin Creek Gin
3 ounces Cocchi Americano
1 ounce cardamon syrup*
2-5 dashes Fee Brothers Bitters
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, and shake until chilled. Strain into cocktail or coupe glasses. (Makes two).
To get you in the mood, or to help you anticipate the mood you may be in after a couple of these, here’s a clip of the 17th and the 40th with followers and civilians enjoying the hospitality of 2nd Story Brewing in Occupied Philadelphia.
Many thanks to British Tars for permission to use this video
- Add one cup sugar to one cup water; bring to a boil. Add a handful of green cardamon pods and lower heat. Simmer for 30 minutes, or until syrup is fragrant. Cool, and store refrigerated in a sealed glass jar.