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Get In The Spirit

Our Local Editor chats with Chris Manis of Historic Revelry about one of this season’s biggest trends: Gin. And to get you in the spirit, Manis shares three cocktails that use the Bourbon Barrel and Four Peel Gin from past feature Watershed Distillery

Manis says Watershed Bourbon Barrel Gin is a great pick for Fall. He explains how Bourbon Barrel Gin started as a bit of an experiment. “Dave and Greg began aging the Four Peel Gin in some of the used Bourbon barrels, and trying it every couple of months,” he says.

And after six months, they weren’t really sure that they had anything special. “But after a year, it was perfect,” shares Manis. Describing how, “the vanilla, and caramel flavors provided by the charred oak barrels (and the little bit of Bourbon left inside the wood) round out the Four Peel Gin and give it some of those classic cold weather flavors.” 

“And a Martinez is a simple classic cocktail in which it works beautifully,” says Manis. The Martinez cocktail is a cousin to both the Manhattan and the Martini.

Manis says that, “there’s no denying this is a spirit forward Gin cocktail, but it’s tamed by the addition of sweet vermouth, and notes of cherry and almond in Luxardo Maraschino. The addition of orange bitters helps to brighten it up just a bit and bring out some of the citrus flavors found in our Bourbon Barrel Gin.” 


  • 2 ounces Watershed Bourbon Barrel Gin
  • ¾ ounce Sweet Vermouth
  • ¼ ounce Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • 4 dash Orange Bitters
  • Garnish: Orange Peel
  • Glass: Coupe or Martini Glass

In a mixing glass, stir all ingredients for 30 seconds with ice. Strain into coupe and garnish with orange peel.

“A lot of people think of citrus as only a spring and summer flavor,” explains Manis, adding, “while there’s no question that it makes for a refreshing ingredient in the warmer months, most citrus fruits are in season, and at their best during the colder months of Fall and Winter.”

As the name implies, the botanicals in Watershed Four Peel Gin include Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, and Orange peels, as well as Cinnamon, Allspice, Coriander, and of course, Juniper. “It works really well with refreshing summer cocktails, but that Cinnamon and Allspice really do wonders in a fall or winter cocktail,” Manis says.

Below are two recipes (one classic, and one a bit more modern) that take full advantage of this spirit, while showcasing the bright citrus flavors that are best this time of year. 

Satan’s Whiskers

  • ½ ounce Watershed Four Peel Gin
  • ½ ounce Orange Liqueur (Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao preferred)
  • ½ ounce Dry Vermouth
  • ½ ounce Sweet Vermouth
  • ½ ounce Fresh Orange Juice
  • Garnish: None
  • Glass: Coupe

In a cocktail shaker, shake all ingredients with ice until properly chilled. Strain into coupe.

Oh My Darlin’

  • 2 ounces Watershed Four Peel Gin
  • ½ ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ¾ ounce Honey Simple 2:1 (Honey: Water)
  • 6 segments Clementine
  • Garnish: Clementine Wheel
  • Glass: Julep Cup or Old Fashioned Glass
  • Ice: Crushed

In a cocktail shaker, muddle lemon juice and honey syrup with clementine segments, add gin then shake with ice. Strain over crushed ice, add more to fill glass, garnish with clementine wheel.

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