Admittedly, pre-mixed cocktails are not for purists. You probably won’t see many waxed-mustache, sleeve garter-owning mixologists pouring from a bottle of this stuff, but rules often have exceptions, and this one was a pleasant surprise. Branded as a pre-mixed version of an old fashioned, Hochstadter’s makes its Slow & Low rock and rye whiskey from a six-year-old, 98-proof straight rye whiskey, which they macerate with sugar, along with honey, horehound and lots of dried citrus peel. (The name “rock and rye,” in case you’re wondering, comes from a pre-Prohibition cocktail of rye whiskey swizzled with rock candy, a concoction that became a home remedy for colds.) It’s bottled at 84 proof in a handsome, antique-looking glass fifth with a swirled neck, raised lettering and vintage typeface. And the look isn’t just slick marketing; Hochstadter’s was established in Philadelphia in 1884. If you’ve tried other brands of rock and rye and found them too sweet, give this much drier version a shot. Or rather, a sip, on the rocks with a splash of soda.
This Week @ Social
Edward Shouse performs Friday the 21st, and on Saturday Absolut Vodka presents A Night in Sweden, with specialty Absolut drinks and live music by Christian Slick. Follow us!
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
Make Your Own Beer and Wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop: 736 St. Andrews Road.
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
Going someplace cool this weekend?
Let The Backpacker help you go lightweight, comfortable and in style! Patagonia, Prana, Merrell, The North Face and more! Click for location, hours and more info.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: