Modified Whiskey Sour
– 1.5 ounces Whiskey (we used the brand Wyoming Whiskey made in the Bighorn Basin in Wyoming. I love that place and their story!)
– 1 ounce verjus (we used Scribe Winery, a Sonoma Maker)
– 1/2 ounce lemon (rough measure, it’s the juice of one lemon)
– 1 tsp organic cane sugar
– 3 young Douglas Fir tips
– For the whiskey sour we combined the Whiskey, sugar and lemon first to give the sugar a better chance to dissolve before adding other ingredients (due to the fact that we used raw sugar rather than simple syrup).
– After dissolving sugar in the combined liquids we added verjus, ice, and two of our Fir tips and shook all ingredients.
– Pour into a cup and garnish with remaining fir. Enjoy!
While foraging and overpopulation continue to have a major impact on the outdoors, we touch on the ways to be conscious about the mantra of “leave no trace.”
While we don’t anticipate a mass exodus to the mountains to be a backcountry bartender there are some things to keep in mind before you next pour.
“As people return to the land and wild flora for their plates [and drinks], it’s important to understand that there are plant populations that are important to indigenous communities and essential to their religious ceremonies,” De Vine tells me. “White Sage is a passion plant of mine. It’s a plant we see around, even on spice racks. However, it’s a plant that Native Americans use for smudging and a lot of those populations don’t have access to it. When a recipe calls for that I think it’s important that we find an alternative.
“United Plant Savers is a great resource for plants under threat or endangered. Before you head into a region pick up a guide book to inform you of the local foliage. Double check those against United Plant Savers because I think the social responsibility aspect will be a growing conversation. White Sage is a number one hot topic plant. A lot of our white American culture is disconnected from the ritual of that plant and we need to honor it.”
So the next time you strap a pack to your back, consider adding an alternative to the hip flask and bring a few extra items in your kit. With the right ingredients and mindset “you can have a cocktail moment after a dinner by the river that your friends will never forget,” De Vine reminds us. We’ll cheers to that!
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