For the past year, I’ve been on a cocktail odyssey. It’s been an absolute blast – researching classic recipes, tinkering with new concoctions, and most importantly, testing them out on my friends at our gatherings.
And today, I crack open the vault to share the recipe for the undisputed champion of my mixology repertoire, the Old Fashioned. This timeless classic, with its simple yet sophisticated flavor profile, is my number one most requested cocktail.
But this isn’t just any Old Fashioned. It’s the culmination of a year’s worth of experimentation, a harmonious blend of tradition and personal touches that I’ve honed to perfection. So, grab your jigger, gather your friends, and prepare to embark on a tastebud adventure.
- 2oz of good bourbon. Whatever you like is fine, just not the super cheap stuff. (I like Makers Mark and Woodford Reserve)
- 3/4oz of Demerara Syrup. This is super easy to make, and 100% worth it. It gives the cocktail a nutty, toffee sweetness.
- 4 Dashes of Angostura Bitters. This gives the cocktail spice and nuance and layers.
- 1 orange peel – squeeze and twist the orange peel over the rim of the glass and the cocktail, before you drop it in. This expresses the citrus oil and gives the drink an great citrus aroma.
- Drop in one Luxardo cocktail cherry. Do not use the bright red cherries – those are for hot fudge sundaes.
- Add all the ingredients over ice (one giant cube if you have it) and gently stir to combine.
- Sip and enjoy.