What is it about dogs and hot weather?
The saying, “Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noon day sun,” comes from the days when Britain ruled India. “Dog days of summer” is even older, dating back almost 3,000 years to the ancient Greeks. It refers to the hot days of July and August.
At Rogue Spirits we think this is unfair. Dogs are cool. So as we put together a list of summer cooling cocktails we decided to name them after our dogs.
Muddy (As In Waters)
Muddy is the Curly-Coated Retriever who owns Rogue Brewmaster John Maier. John mashes the wash we distill into our Oregon Single Malt Whiskey, so it seems only fitting we name this cocktail for this puppy.
The Muddy Waters Dogtail
- 2 ounces Oregon Single Malt Whiskey
- One-half ounce chamomile syrup (If you want to make you own, combine 2 ounces of sugar, 2 ounces of water and 1 tbsp of dried chamomile flowers in a saucepan. Heat until melted.)
- 3 dashes bitters
Mix all the ingredients a cocktail shaker. Shake or stir. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with lemon.
Gracie Lou is the reigning Miss Dog Rogue Nation. She never goes anywhere without her crown.
The Gracie Lou Dogtail
- 3 ounces Spruce Gin
- 2 ounces elderflower liqueur
- Juice from a lime
- 3 sprigs basil
- Tonic Water
Slice several thin slices from the cucumber, then 6 large chunks. Put the slices into cocktail glasses. In a cocktail shaker, squeeze juice from the lime and add gin, liqueur, basil and cucumber chunks. Muddle the mixture and add ice. Shake, pour into glasses and top with tonic water and more basil. Serves two. Gracie Lou does not drink alone.
Rogue Wolf Pack
Technically they’re not dogs. But since dogs evolved from wolves, we granted Rogue Nation citizenship to the Rogue wolf pack of Southern Oregon. The two pups, seen above, have not been named. It’s probably a good thing. The alpha-male of the pack goes by the moniker OR-7. That’s what happens when you let bureaucrats name something.
The Howlin’ Wolf Dogtail
- 2 ounces Oregon Rye Whiskey
- 1 cube sugar
- 3 dashes bitters
- Club soda
Put the sugar cube in a glass, and wet it with the bitters and a dash of club soda. Muddle. Rotate the glass to line it with the mixture. Add one large ice cube, the Oregon Rye Whiskey, and stir.
How much do we love dogs? Rogue sponsors the Brewer’s Memorial Ale Fest in Newport, Oregon and the Frogs and Dogs Festival in Issaquah, Washington. They’re the biggest and second biggest dog and beer festivals in the world. Plus we welcome dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds as citizens of the Rogue Nation. Click here and sign up your dog today!