In the midst of a clean up and cooking operation yesterday, I had to run to BevMo to get more lump Mesquite Charcoal.

Perhaps it is a sign of my dysfunction, but I can never go to BevMo and then leave with just one thing. I have to stare at things in the Rum aisle, the whiskey aisle, the liqueur aisle, etc. for a while. Eventually I often end up in the beer aisle. Today I couldn’t help but notice that Dogfish Head‘s Seasonal Pumpkin Beer, Punk, was available.  How could I leave without picking up a four pack?

We have a bit of a disagreement here at the Underhill-Lounge about the “best” Pumpkin Ale.  Mrs. Flannestad is very fond of Buffalo Bill’s Brewery Pumpkin Ale.  I am a bit more fond of the Dogfish Head Pumpkin Ale.

To me, the Buffalo Bill is almost more of a “spice” beer.  The Dogfish, at least to me, allows a bit more of the pumpkin character to come through.  It’s also a bit less sweet than the Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale.

Don’t get me wrong, they are both good beers.  I just happen to prefer the Dogfish Head Pumpkin Ale.

Some fresh cranberry beans from the Farmers’ Market this morning.  Couldn’t resist making them part of tonight’s dinner.

Grilled Porterhouse Steak.  Yellow Potatoes slow roasted in olive oil with garlic and herbs.  Fresh Cranberry Beans braised with Collard Greens.

Fox River Cocktail

Fox River Cocktail

4 Dashes Peach Bitters. (1 tsp Fee’s Peach Bitters)
1 Lump of ice.
1/4 Crème de Cacao. (1/2 oz Mozart Black Chocolate Liqueur)
3/4 Canadian Club Whisky. (1 1/2 oz 40 Creek Barrel Select)

Use wineglass and squeeze lemon peel on top.


Looking at this now, it seems like it should be built, old fashioned style, rather than stirred with ice and strained into a glass as I did.

All the same, I was OK with everything here except the lemon twist. I just didn’t like how the lemon combined with the chocolate, peach, and whiskey.

This post is one in a series documenting my ongoing effort to make all of the cocktails in the Savoy Cocktail Book, starting at the first, Abbey, and ending at the last, Zed.