You two have a lot of bonding ahead of you: Training. Field work. Picture-perfect points and flushed coveys. Blown shots and bag limits. But for now, it’s enough just to pause and toast this exceptional meeting of man and man’s new best friend, perhaps with a cocktail created especially for Garden & Gun by mixologist Micah LeMon of the Alley Light in Charlottesville, Virginia. The bourbon foreshadows many hunting trips to come, while the berry cordial and herbal fernet deliver an earthy complexity as rewarding as your new relationship. Heck, it’s almost as good as your actual dog!
The Good Dog
Here’s to your trusty new companion
Photo: Steve Russell
1 oz. Wild Turkey Rare Breed bourbon
1 oz. huckleberry cordial (recipe follows)
¾ oz. sweet vermouth
½ oz. fernet
Lemon peel twist, for garnish
For the huckleberry cordial
2 cups frozen huckleberries (or blueberries)
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
½ cup 100 proof vodka
Bring huckleberries, water, and sugar to a boil, and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and strain through a dish towel, squeezing solids to extract juice. Allow to cool and add vodka.
Add one large or two medium ice cubes to a tumbler glass. Add all ingredients and stir. Garnish with lemon peel.