The Corydon Sling’s name derives from Indiana’s first capital, Corydon, which became Indianapolis in 1825, and the predecessor for the word “cocktail,” which was “sling.” Slings were typically constructed with few ingredients: booze, sugar, bitters and water. The bitters used both complement each other and emit an earthy, bitter and citrusy flavor.
During this time, moonshine was an easily accessible spirit in the state. Throughout the 1700s and 1800s, Southern Indiana was the center of the American wine industry. This drink incorporates a vermouth aged in a sherry barrel, Cruz Conde Rojo. When it all comes together, top it off with a garnish of a bamboo skewer lined with popcorn across the top of the coupe glass.
This cocktail is brought to you by Megan Stewart at Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery.