Middle West Rye Cocktail

Lost Lantern Middle West Rye Cocktail: Round On Both Ends

To go along with Lost Lantern’s Spring 2024 Collection, the Midwest Collection, our California state manager, Drew Record, has prepared a series of cocktails. There are seven unique releases in the Midwest Collection and Drew has created a cocktail to showcase each one of the releases. Next up in the series is our Lost Lantern Middle West Rye Cocktail: Round on Both Ends. 

Lost Lantern Middle West Rye Cocktail: Round on Both Ends

Round on Both Ends Cocktail: The Story

As we already established in our entry on our FEW Spirits Illinois Straight Bourbon, Chicago didn’t end up with many stellar namesake cocktails. What I didn’t mention was that in addition to the aforementioned Chicago Fizz (rum, port, egg whites) there was a namesake cocktail from the Savoy cocktail book in 1930 that was a rather pleasing combination of brandy, triple sec and champagne. The only reason I didn’t include that drink in this collection is that the Ohio, which shares a similar combination of brown spirits, triple sec and Champagne is far superior.

And before you tut-tut and cluck your tongue at the thought of Rye and Champagne… just remember what happened the first time you tried a negroni sbagliato? The cocktail canon is full of taking existing drinks and adding Champagne to them to make a “Royale” or adding maraschino or absinthe to make an “improved” cocktail. I bet if someone called this drink a Manhattan Spritz on Tik Tok it would become de rigueur for Summer Friday happy hours the borough over. 

The Ohio as best I can figure out is actually a German cocktail. Or perhaps an American cocktail that simply became more popular in Germany. With the onset of prohibition, many US bartenders fled abroad to continue to ply their craft. While most landed in London, Paris or the Caribbean, a small cohort ended up on German soil. This might explain why you can find mid-century cocktail glassware from Germany emblazoned with the most popular cocktails of the time: Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Sidecar… and Ohio.  

 

Middle West Rye CocktailRound on Both Ends – A Middle West Rye Cocktail

1 oz Lost Lantern Middle West Rye Single Cask 

.5 oz Vermouth di Turino 

2 dashes Cointreau 

2 dashes Angostura bitters 

1 dash Peychaud’s bitters 

1 oz Champagne 

 

Combine ingredients, except the Champagne, in a mixing glass over ice and stir. Strain into a chilled Champagne saucer. Express and orange peel over the drink and discard.

 

Learn more about Lost Lantern Middle West Ohio Straight Rye 

 

 

Additional cocktails from our Midwest Collection: