The “Stopping by Woods” Cocktail

Embitterment Bitters Stopping by Woods CocktailIf you’re looking for that “sit by the fire and read” cocktail. Look no further. We present to you our New-England-themed, spiced rum take on the Old Fashioned. Named in honor of New England’s most iconic poet, Robert Frost, this drink will take you straight to the pine scented, winter woods…without all that unpleasant snow. Simple, elegant, and utterly warming, this drink will cheer you anytime of year.


  • 2oz Spiced Rum (The Kraken is good, there’s always Captain Morgan, and for a local flair, grab a bottle from Lyon Distilling Co. in Maryland
  • 1 sugar cube (or 1/2 tsp.)
  • Embitterment Aromatic Bitters
  • 2 sprigs of fresh Rosemary (you don’t want dried rosemary here…)


  1. Soak the sugar cube with a few generous dashes of Embitterment Aromatic Bitters, then muddle in the bottom of a mixing glass with one of the rosemary sprigs.
  2. Then, add ice and the rum and stir for 30 seconds.  (Remember not to add too much ice, since chilling the drink too quickly will prevent the ice from melting.  Without a little water, the sugar won’t dissolve, and you’ll have a cocktail that’s strong up front and sugary when you get to the end!)
  3. After stirring, strain into a rocks glass over ice and garnish with the remaining rosemary sprig.  Also remember to “activate” the garnish by bruising it slightly, which will liven up its aromatic qualities.

The result is a spicy, woodsy drink: spicy from the rum and bitters, softened by the sugar, and refreshing due to the sappy flavor and aroma brought to bear by the rosemary.  As you drink it, picture yourself by a fire in a log cabin, curled up with a book of poems, the feathery snow falling softly outside your window…it’s not a stretch to imagine.

[Back to Cocktails]