Featured Cocktail: Sarsaparilla Old Fashioned
Who doesn't like the bite of a frosty mug of sarsaparilla?
The old-timey soda is even better when re-imagined as a cocktail. The Sarsaparilla Old Fashioned, created by Dallas' Eddie Eakin mixes the spicy flavors of Knob Creek Rye with Sarsaparilla, a traditional flavor originally used in Texas and the American West during the 1950s; vanilla and honey add a touch of sweetness. Root by Art in the Age is the best root beer liqueur out there, in my opinion. And if you can't find sarsaparilla bitters, substitute Angostura or barrel aged.
Sarsaparilla Old Fashioned
Recipe courtesy of Eddie Eakin, Dallas, TX
2 ounces Knob Creek Rye
1/4 oz. honey syrup (equal parts honey and warm water)
1/2 oz. Root (or another root beer liqueur)
2 dashes sarsaparilla dry bitters
1 dash vanilla bitters (or high quality vanilla extract)
Star anise pod and brandied cherry, for garnish
Add the rye, honey syrup, Root, and bitters to a mixing glass. Add cracked ice and stir for 40 revolutions. Strain the drink over fresh ice in a rocks glass, and garnish it with the star anise pod and the brandied cherry.