A Virginia Cocktail Chilled With Virginia Stone

Last week we debuted our chilling stones made from Alberene soapstone quarried from the hills of Virginia. With four in a set for $16, they are flying out the door, but we didn’t give you anything to actually chill.

Silly us.

We’re making it right this month with recipes from three distilleries who know how to pour Southern style.

This week enjoy the Ole Virginia Accent courtesyof Catoctin Creek (pronounced Ka-TOCK-tin) an organic distillery in Purcellville, Virginia. The cocktail created by J.P. Featherston features rye, brandy and some hickory sweetness to warm your insides while you warm your outsides by the fire.

Enjoy, and Happy Holidays from Polycor.

The Ole Virginia Accent

1 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye1 oz Catoctin Creek Quarter Branch Apple Brandy½ oz Fallen Bark Hickory SyrupAromatic and Blackstrap Molasses Bitters

Combine the rye and brandy in equal portions, add about half as much hickory syrup and a dash or two of the bitters. Stir on ice and strain into a rocks glass with one large ice cube.

Photo by Christopher Wescott

About the stones

What is soapstone?

Soapstone is a natural stone with a velvety texture like wet soap, hence the name. You probably know it as acountertop that wears over time like a great pair of jeans. But it’s also a perfect material for sink basins,architectural elements, tableware, and of course, drink chilling when you don’t want to be watered down.

This metamorphic rock that we quarry in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia is heat and bacteria-resistant and requires zero maintenance. Plus it looks killer on your floor and under your coffee maker and doesn’t stain. Want to know more about Alberene Soapstone? Download a spec sheet here.

Chilling stones are durable, reusable and won’t alter the taste of your favorite spirit. See them do their magic here.