We're honored to have been able to team up with our neighbors down at Sons Of Liberty Spirits Co. to create Lovecraft Hopped Whiskey. About a year and a half ago we sent a few kegs of our I Am Providence Imperial Red Ale down to Sons Of Liberty for them to run through their still and age 10 gallon freshly charred oak barrels. The end result is a complex and unique whiskey that's as twisted and intriguing as Lovecraft himself.
The whiskey presents a big floral, almost botanical nose. There's a mild sweetness upfront followed by a rich nutty caramel and subtle flavors of vanilla. The uniqueness of this whiskey creates quite a special base spirit in cocktails. We spent some time with Sons Of Liberty's cocktail maestro, Ian Single crafting (and drinking) some Lovecraft Hopped Whiskey inspired cocktails.
Randolph Carter is a fictional character that pops up in Lovecraft's stories every so often. It's believed that Lovecraft created Carter as a lightly twisted and fictional version of himself, thus Ian created twisted version of the Old Fashioned with an added bittersweetness from Apritivo and Cranberry Syrup.
1 1/2 oz Lovecraft Whiskey
1/4 oz Apertivo
1/4 oz Cranberry Syrup
2 Dashes Aromatic Bitters
Stir over one large cube of ice
garnish with a lemon peel
Combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and 2 cups roughly chopped fresh cranberries into a saucepan on low heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Cook on a low simmer for about 20 minutes or until the berries are completely soft. Strain through a fine mesh strainer. Store syrup in the refrigerator.