The Government Lunch
This week back in 1813, prosperous meatpacker (and army supplier) Samuel Wilson of Troy, NY became known “Uncle Sam” - a moniker that ultimately spread to cartoonish proportions and came to represent the U.S. government at large. Sam WANTS YOU to hear his story whilst sampling this custom cocktail:
“The Government Lunch,” as doled out by “Brother” Bob Fornasiero, general manager at The Ruck in Troy, NY.
Stir these Hudson Valley staples with ice in a rocks glass:
- 1.5 oz. Applejack (like Cornelius Applejack of Valatie, NY)
- 1.0 oz. Black Currant Cordial
- .5 oz. Corn Whiskey (Bob used whiskey from historic Tuthilltown Spirits)
Top with fresh apple cider, and then garnish with:
- Applejack’d Cherry (recipe far below)
- Strip of Hickory Smoked Beef Jerky - preferably from soldier-supporting “Damn Good Jerky” of Stillwater, NY
Accept this shipment from Uncle Sam, and soak in the patriotism.
Bonus Recipe for Applejack’d Cherries
- 1 lb. sweet local cherries
- 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
- Fresh grated cinnamon to taste
- 1/2 cup Cornelius Applejack
Combine the sugar, water, lemon juice, cinnamon and 1/4 cup of the applejack in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low, add sweet cherries and simmer for approx. 5 minutes allowing some reduction to occur. Remove from heat, stir in remaining Applejack and allow cooling before storing in an airtight container. Refrigeration recommended.