Our spirited soup will take the chill off after any outdoor winter activity. We discovered this award-winning rye whiskey at Catoctin Creek, a small organic distillery located in Loudoun County, and decided to substitute it for the sherry or white wine traditionally used in onion soup. Sip a neat glass of rye on the side with the soup and you will be warm in a few delicious minutes. Serves 4.
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
4 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons Roundstone Rye
4 cups chicken stock or broth
1 sprig thyme
1 bay leaf
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 slices toasted baguette
1/2 cup grated Meadow Creek Appalachian cheese, or other cheese that melts easily
Four-Onion Soup variation: Try a combination of yellow, white and red onions along with a few shallots for a sweeter version of this classic soup.