By Lesley Jacobs Solmonson, Drinks Editor
As restaurants and bars are caught between authenticity and efficiency, they seek out products and methods that can ensure both. Cocktails on tap and bottled cocktails (often made in-house) are two solutions. Now, the Cooper Spirits Company has released their Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock and Rye, previously available in a 750 ml bottle and 375 ml flask, in a 100ml can. As easy as serving a beer, popping the top on a Slow & Low will help deliver immediate satisfaction to the customer and carve off prep time for employees behind the bar.
Back in the 1800s, saloon keepers would serve a shot of rye with a small bowl of rock candy so that customers could take the edge off what was often harsh, un-aged whiskey. During Prohibition, rock ‘n rye as it came to be known was served at pharmacy counters as a cure-all for everything from colds to consumption. In 2012, the Cooper Spirits Company, which has been at the forefront of spirits innovation, used the original recipe from Hochstadter’s Rock & Rye to recreate this historic Old Fashioned in a bottle.
The recipe includes aged, straight rye whiskey, air-dried navel oranges from Florida, 100 percent raw honey sourced from Western Pennsylvania, the classic aromatic Angostura bitters, and, of course, a touch of rock candy. The product comes in at 84 proof and only 7 percent sugar by volume.
In a recent press release, Robyn Greene, SVP of Marketing and Innovation said, “There is nothing like the Slow & Low 100 ml can on the market. Our late founder, Robert J. Cooper, was heavily involved in every aspect of developing this packaging innovation. Bringing it across the finish line is just one of the many ways our team continues to honor and preserve his spirit as we move forward.”