A History Lesson With Booze ®

The Mammoth Cheese and The Berkshire Localmotive


This week back in 1801, the Baptists of Cheshire, MA celebrated Thomas Jefferson’s Presidency by making him a very special gift of congratulations – a 1,200 pound wheel of cheese.

Hear about the grand fromage, then wash it down with this cheese-complementary custom cocktail.

“The Berkshire Local-motive”

Churned out by Nancy Thomas at Mezze Bistro & Bar in Western Massachusetts – origin of the cheese ball.

Add to shaker with ice:

  • 1 oz. bourbon (preferably Berkshire Mountain Distillers)
  • 1 oz. aged apple brandy
  • 1/4 oz. maple syrup
  • two dashes of Peychaud’s bitters

Stir and strain into a small martini glass, preferably an old-fashioned coupe style glass. Top with a splash of sparkling apple cider. Wrap yourself in the American flag and sip while nibbling on the biggest piece of cheese you can fit in your house.