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Modernized Scotchem

Modernized Scotchem 2.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post; glassware from Crate and Barrel

Spirits Nov 13, 2013

Applejack-based scotchem was a regular feature in the taverns of the Colonial era, a drink designed to warm the weary traveler by combining “Jersey lightning” with boiling water and powdered mustard.

Try as she might, Spirits columnist Carrie Allan could not find a palatable way to merge the original ingredients: In whatever ratio, the prescribed combination was too watery, too mustardy, too powdery or just plain nasty. This updated version, though, rewards apple lovers intrigued by the history yet (rightfully) repulsed by the concept.

Honeycup Mustard — sharp, sweet and sinus-clearing — is a brand that's available in the condiments section of many grocery stores.


Servings:
2

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Tested size: 2 servings

Ingredients
  • 8 ounces fresh, unsweetened (nonalcoholic) cider
  • 4 ounces applejack
  • 1/4 teaspoon Honeycup Uniquely Sharp Mustard (see headnote)
  • 2 sprigs rosemary, for garnish (optional)

Directions

Heat the cider in a small saucepan over medium heat, making sure it does not come to a boil. Add the applejack; once the mixture begins barely bubbling at the edges, remove it from the heat.

Drop the mustard into a cocktail shaker, then the spring from a Hawthorn-style cocktail strainer. Pour in the warm cider-applejack mixture. Seal; shake vigorously for 15 seconds, then immediately divide between 2 small glass mugs.

Garnish each with a sprig of rosemary, if desired.


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Adapted from various historical texts.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan and Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 230


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 14g 5%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 13g

Protein: 0g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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