Over the Memorial Day weekend, I was considering what sort of cocktail I might care to whip up as Friday evening arrived. I received a suggestion to try something with sage, so the following is what I worked up. As it turns out, it’s a pretty tasty cocktail.
To be fair, this cocktail – a Yellow Springs Hospital – starts with the basic ingredients of a whiskey sour and goes from there.
- Lemon juice
- Demerara cane sugar simple syrup
- Ice cubes (for chilling the ingredients as they are mixed)
- Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey
- Ground sage (I used McCormick Ground Sage)
- Bay leaf
- Molded ball of ice
The Recipe for a Yellow Springs Hospital
- Add ice cubes to the cocktail shaker.
- Pour in 1 1/2 shots of lemon.
- Add 1 1/4 shots of the Demerara cane sugar syrup.
- Pour a double shot of Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye.
- Sprinkle in a dash of sage.
- Close the cocktail shaker and shake it for 30 seconds or so. Try to get a cool rhythm going with the sound of the ice smashing about inside the shaker.
- Place the ice ball into a clean tumbler.
- Pour the drink from the shaker into the tumbler.
- Place a bay leaf gently into the tumbler as a garnish.
Behind the Name: Yellow Springs Hospital
During the American Revolutionary war, there was a military hospital in Yellow Springs, Pa, which is 10 miles from Valley Forge as the bird flies. It was the first military hospital in the American colonies and was commissioned by George Washington. Valley Forge was where Washington wintered his troops in 1777-1778. In time, the village of Yellow Springs came to be known as Chester Springs. As I live in Chester Springs, and this cocktail recipe makes a yellow drink that’s good for relieving what ails ya’, I though calling it a Yellow Springs Hospital was a good fit.
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