Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy Hour: The FRYE Bootstrap cocktail

(c) Shelby Stechbauer
Who knew you could make a fall-time cocktail with rum? I typically associate rum with summer: Beach, ocean, mojitos, you get the picture. 

But last Thursday, I was proven wrong. The Bootstrap cocktail — the signature drink served at Atlanta’s flagship boutique for the FRYE Company during the launch of their Modern Icons collection — tasted just like freshly baked apple pie, and it was made with Richland rum. 
(c) Shelby Stechbauer 

Oh yeah, Lauren Cohan (Maggie from The Walking Dead) was at this event! (c) Shelby Stechbauer 
(c) Shelby Stechbauer 
Granted, I do have to give a lot of credit to Richland rum for the cocktail’s rich (pun intended) flavor. Aged in oak barrels — and made right here in Georgia! — Richland is smooth, but has a deep, intense flavor that more resembles bourbon than clear rum. 

I really enjoyed the taste, and if Garden & Gun can’t stop raving about it, it’s definitely good enough to put in my drinks this fall. 
(c) Shelby Stechbauer 

I couldn’t get enough of the Bootstrap cocktail at FRYE’s event, and I can’t wait to make it for my friends now that fall is officially here. Check out the recipe below and enjoy on a patio during a crisp, cool fall night. 

The Bootstrap

Ingredients
2 oz Richland rum
.5 oz lime juice
.5 oz lemon juice
.5 oz Aperol
.75 oz simple syrup 
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 dashes Peychauds bitters

Directions
Combine all ingredients and shake in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a rocks glass, and garnish with a Granny Smith apple.