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Slow & Low Rock & Rye is Coming to Babes Ride Out East Coast 3

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Narrowsburg is rich in history and we were not surprised to find out that this small town played a huge part in building the city that we know as Philadelphia. Timber was floated down the river, right past where you will camp at Babes Ride Out East Coast 3, to build this city which played an integral part in the American Revolution. Not only did supplies run down this section of river, but whiskey too and lots of it. Skip ahead a few hundred years and the little hotel you see next to the event space, the Narrowsburg Inn, hosted many bootleggers who used the river to bring whiskey to be distributed during the prohibition and stocked the Inn's own private speakeasy in the basement during the process. One of those whiskeys is still around today and we are proud to partner with them at BRO EC3! Get to know Philadelphia based Slow & Low and what they will be serving during their free happy hour at Babes Ride Out East Coast 3 to celebrate centuries of “takin’ the edge off”.

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Introducing Hochstadter's Slow & Low Rock & Rye  | Location Philadelphia

Slow & Low is an 84 proof, extra-dry, rock & rye.  Rock & Rye is a rye whiskey-based bottled cocktail; our version is the perfect balance of aged straight rye whiskey,  air-dried navel oranges from Florida, 100 percent raw honey from Western Pennsylvania, Angostura Bitters and a small dose of rock candy.  A bold and edgy take on a storied tradition, Slow & Low is best enjoyed right out of the wide-mouthed bottle.  It can be savored neat, over ice as an Old Fashioned or paired with a beer.

What is the history behind the brand? We see that Slow and Low survived prohibition, how did they manage that?

Slow & Low is based on America’s original bottled cocktail – “rock and rye” – and takes its inspiration from Hochstadter's pre-prohibition era label recipe.

Rock & Rye's roots stretch back to the early 1800s when saloon barkeeps would serve a shot of rye whiskey, often unaged and unpalatable to many, with a small bowl of rock candy that could be added by the customer to take the edge off. It was even sold at pharmacy counters as a cure-all for coughs, colds, sore throats, bronchitis and anything that ails.

The Hochstadter’s label was among the brands held by Charles Jacquin et Cie, a renowned liqueur company led by Maurice Cooper - grandfather of our late founder Robert J. Cooper.

Slow & Low celebrates Cooper’s heritage as a third-generation distiller and his love of collecting straight rye whiskey well before the recent rye and whiskey resurgence.

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Photo by @basementfox

As further background, Hochstadter's was a range of spirits produced in New York during the 19th century.  There were over 20 bottlings from Batavia Arrack to Irish Whiskey and Rock and Rye.  

Hochstadter's and Charles Jacquin et Cie, merged companies and the Hochstadter brand became part of the Cooper family portfolio.  In the late ’40's the Hochstadter's line was discontinued.

The van looks pretty awesome, what year/make/model is it and what is it's mission?

Our rolling whiskey lounge is a fully customized 1978 Chevy G20. It’s complete with a sleek walnut bar featuring a keg of Slow & Low, leather bench seating, a booming sound system and orange tufted paneling.

Photo by @basementfox

Photo by @basementfox

At Cooper Spirits, we're known for creating new classics and reviving brands from a bygone era - the van is just an extension of that mission... not to mention it's a lot of fun to party in! 

We are excited to have you, what will you be serving?

We are so excited to be joining with such a great group of women at Babes Ride Out this summer! We plan on serving a few of our favorite ways to enjoy Slow & Low including the SNL Old Fashioned, which is Slow & Low over ice with an orange garnish, a cocktail that we call Slow Poison, which is a Slow & Low with fresh lemonade, along with one more seasonal Slow & Low cocktail - oh, and we may have a sweet giveaway to keep your eyes out for too.

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