Just south of our barley fields in Tygh Valley you can still find wagon wheel ruts deeply embedded in the earth. They’re reminders of one of the great migrations in American history, when tens of thousands of pioneers left Missouri and headed west along the Oregon Trail.
The final 80-miles of the journey into Oregon Territory was called the Barlow Road. It was built in 1846 by Sam Barlow and Joel Palmer, along with their families and friends. The road began at The Dalles on the Columbia River, went south to Tygh Valley, west through the future site of Rogue Farms and then past the south side of Mt. Hood into the Willamette Valley. An estimated 200,000 pioneers came this way from 1847 to 1865.
Today we toast those pioneers with the Barlow Road cocktail. The recipe includes Rogue Farms Oregon Single Malt Whiskey, mashed with the Risk™ malting barley we grow in the fields overlooking the old Barlow Road.
1.5 ounces Rogue Farms Single Malt Whiskey
1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
Half ounce Green Chartreuse
3 dashes Orange Bitters
Combine Whiskey, Vermouth, Chartreuse and Bitters into shaker with ice.
Strain into coupe or cocktail glass.
Garnish with lemon twist.