The Horses Mouth are Josiah Early and Ezekiel Miller, the team behind the Cochecton Fire Station
COCKTAIL CREATORS BASED IN THE CATSKILLS
Founded in 2017, The Horses Mouth is an events and consulting business, with a focus on creating specialty cocktails. Friends for over two decades from growing up in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, both Josiah and Ezekiel recently relocated to upstate New York's Sullivan County in the western Catskills. Together they share extensive knowledge, experience, and passion about the history of mixology.
They are also the new owners of the Cochecton Fire Station. Originally the town's actual fire station, over the past year Josiah and Ezekiel have been renovating the building and transforming it into a community restaurant and bar that will also be a space for hosting events, such as talks and film screenings. It will open later in 2018.
Special Events & Current Projects
BETHEL WOODS CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Bethel, New York
The Horses Mouth has been invited to host special events at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, including educational talks on the history of .mixology, as well as cocktail-making demonstrations. Check back soon for an upcoming schedule.
Cochecton Center, New York
The Horses Mouth has created Henning's Local craft cocktail menu, including such favorites as Ornery Old Fashioned (story below), The Smoking Monk, Apple Jack Flash, and Corn & Oil #6 (all pictured above). The restaurant showcases Norwegian chef Henning Nordanger's take on American comfort food, with ingredients sourced from throughout the region. Josiah and Ezekiel are also collaborating with Henning on their own bar food menu for the Cochecton Fire Station.
Josiah has a 20 year resume behind some of the best bars NYC (Joe's Pub) and Los Angeles (Black Market Liquor Bar, The Brig, Sunny Spot) have to offer. While working in Los Angeles, he co-founded Elysium Craft Cocktail Services with Lindsay Nader (P.D.T.) and Brian Butler (A-Frame) and also worked closely with Pablo Moix (Old Lightning, Por Vous, Scopa). Back in NYC, while working with Ezekiel Miller at the famed Flatiron Lounge, the Horses Mouth was born. Their current focus on upstate New York's Catskill region has allowed him to return to his country roots. He lives in Sullivan County with his wife and daughter.
For close to 20 years, Ezekiel worked in bars and restaurant in and around NYC. He was the General Manager the Flatiron Lounge (where he worked with Josiah), owned by cocktail icon, Julie Reiners, and during his time there it won a number of prestigious awards. He was also the General Manager at the beloved West Village landmark, The Cornelia Street Cafe (still at its same location since opening in 1977), and the Greenroom in Harrison, New Jersey (a best-kept secret just outside of Manhattan). He lives in Sullivan County.
Ornery Old Fashioned
For Henning's Local, The Horses Mouth created the Ornery Old Fashioned in honor of local pioneer, John Gorzynski, of the Gorzynski Organic Farm in nearby Cochecton Center. Its ingredients are Sazerac Rye, Amaro Sfumato, oleo saccharum, Angostura bitters, orange bitters, orange peel, and a Luxardo maraschino cherry.
“My farm uses nothing but seeds, sun, soil, and water . . . The word ‘organic’ in this country is greatly diminished. But I continue to stand here and be ornery and do what I do, which I’m proud of.”
This portrait of John by Francesco Mastalia is now in the Permanent Collection of the Library of Congress and can be seen in his book, "Organic: Farmers and Chefs of the Hudson Valley," with texts by Gail Buckland, Joan Dye Gussow, and Mark Ruffalo. Published by powerHouse Books. Photo © Francesco Mastalia. Farm sign photo by Dennis Bell Outerbridge.