Fabled in the lore of old, this drink is no mystery…
The man himself:
The headless horseman (Sleepy Hollow, Headless Horseman, The Hollow) is a famous fable, one born out of mystery and lore. Fabled to be a ghost dating back to the American civil war, at least in theory, the horseman himself is a mystery with no one really knowing who he is or what he wants.
There are several stories and versions of the classic tale, but interestingly there are stories not just from across the States, but also from other parts of the globe:
Two other stories appear across Europe, one in German folklore the horseman hunts those who have committed capital crimes. Another (also in Germany) states the horseman as being accompanied by a pack of fire breathing hounds. Further to this there are several tales in celtic folklore (Old Irish & Scottish tales) and even middle England has its own stories. The horseman, it seems, is a bit of an A-Lister among fables.
This drink is modelled, clearly, on the Moscow Mule (although any similarity may be coincidental), minus the lime.
Boasting a strong vodka content, followed up with some flavourful bitters and all topped with the wonderful mixing capability that comes with the use of Ginger Ale…
3 dashes Angostura
Top up Ginger Ale
1) Build the ingredients in a glass, over ice.
2) Top up with the ginger ale.
3) Place a slice of orange in the glass to garnish.
This drink should be rather robust and flavourful. The bitters should come through the ginger ale and give the vodka a little depth. At risk of ruining this drink, to make it a little more to your palate you can add a squeeze of lime juice, but as I say it’s a risk I leave down to you…
This cocktail epitomises what cocktails are all about: Flavour, simplicity and elegance. It won’t win any awards but it sure holds its own against some of the better known cocktails out there.
As a little ending note: this cocktail encapsulates something else too… I am a fervent believer in experimenting with flavours and ingredients in cocktails. Why settle for something standard when you can make it exceptional? This cocktail is a great tasting cocktail that separates itself from other ginger ale topped drinks, and does it well…