In 2015, at the Burlington, VT, farmer’s market, I was introduced to the best vodka I ever tasted. It was called Literary Dog, and it was created and produced by David Howe at his farm, which later became known as Elm Brook Farm. Their vodka was derived from maple syrup and distilled 23 times. I was so impressed by their vodka that it inspired me to create my very first cocktail, many years before I began studying mixology and became “Dr. Elixir.” Sadly, Elm Brook Farm closed in 2023.

As one year ends and another begins, we reminisce and reflect on our life experiences. This dessert cocktail is in honor of Literary Dog. It’s akin to a slice of fresh, warm apple pie with a dollop of vanilla ice cream on top – a true all-American classic.

Dr. Elixir


1 part top-quality vanilla ice cream or gelato, softened

in the fridge

1 part apple cider (I prefer unpasteurized cider)

1 part vodka*


Add the ingredients to a chilled cocktail class one at

a time, pouring each one into the glass over the back

of a spoon.

Although the liquids will not perfectly separate, they

will resemble a snowy day.

Top with a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg.

This article was published in the January/February 2024 print edition of Connect to Northern Westchester

Dr. Elixir
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Needing a way to stay sane with the kids ALWAYS around, Dr. Elixir decided that mixology would be his COVID-19 hobby. As word spread about his new talent, his popularity grew. Then, one day, he received a call that changed his life – YES, he'd love to be the mystery mixologist for Katonah Connect! Cheers!