Devil Anse Cocktail




Ian Murray of manna
The Cocktail

Bartender Ian Murray's cocktail tribute to "Devil Anse" Hatfield (patriarch during the famous Hatfield & McCoy feud along the Kentucky/West Virginia border) melds just the right amount of strong and spice.

2 oz. cinnamon-infused Trey Herring bourbon
2 oz. organic apple cider
1/2 oz. fresh lemon
4 drops Jerry Thomas bitters

To make, combine the above ingredients over ice in a mixing glass and stir with the barrel of a recently fired pistol for 30 seconds. Strain over a large ice cube. Garnish with fresh apple and cherry.

If I were making one at home I might add a half ounce of grade B maple syrup (making it a "Preacher Anse") for someone who takes their drink a little sweeter; but either way, this innovative tipple often leads to interesting conversations about bootleggers and moonshine.


The Killer
Devil Anse Hatfield

Born William Anderson Hatfield in 1839, "Devil Anse" was a nickname of mysterious origins. Some speculate that his rival, Randolph McCoy (who lost five sons over the thirty year fight) gave it to him. Others felt the name had been earned during the Civil War when Hatfield, a Southern sympathizer, rode strong enough to take on the devil himself. It's also possible he was just a rowdy boy, whose elders bestowed the moniker to contrast his more even-tempered cousin, "Preacher Anse."

Whatever the case, he supposedly carried a rifle with him wherever he went and remained a crack shot until the end.


A life-size statue above Hatfield's grave.