There’s something uniquely satisfying about foraging for your food. Looking beyond grocery store aisles and into the bounty of nature—even if it’s just your own backyard—makes every bite (or sip) of whatever you’re cooking that much more savory. The process may be tedious, but it’s also rewarding; your recipes somehow become more of your own.
This seasonal whiskey cocktail pays homage to the joy of foraging with a cool, woodsy hint of pine. Unlike mushrooms, foraging for pine needles leaves generous margin for error—almost any fir will do. Just make sure to rinse well before infusing your foraged pine with the whiskey, which proves a well-matched opponent for the greenery’s fresh flavor.
Whiskey & Pine Cocktail
9 oz. Eagle Rare 10 Year Bourbon
6 oz. Campari
6 oz. Palo Cortado or Amontillado sherry
A few handfuls of pine needles
Add all ingredients to large cocktail shaker or jar. Shake and then let infuse for 4 hours or more. When ready to serve, top off with ice. Use a strainer to catch the pine needles as you pour. Garnish with a sprig of pine.
Cocktail recipe and images courtesy of Barebones Living.