This ‘Old Fashioned Cocktail with a Twist‘ will elevate your cocktail game with its unexpected yet perfectly balanced flavors.
Experience a new take on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail with this unique twist recipe, made with the smooth and rich flavor of bourbon whiskey.
Old Fashioned Ingredients
Each ingredient in the recipe serves a specific purpose, together they create a unique and balanced twist on the traditional Old Fashioned Cocktail.
Dark Rye Bourbon. This type of bourbon has a bold and robust flavor, with a higher proportion of rye in the mash bill compared to traditional bourbon.
It adds a rich and spicy taste to the Old Fashioned Cocktail.
Orange slice. Oranges are a traditional ingredient in the Old Fashioned Cocktail, the orange peel adds a zesty and fragrant note to the drink.
Cherry Juice. The cherry juice adds a subtle sweetness and a fruity note to the drink, it helps to balance out the flavors of the other ingredients and adds a nice color to the cocktail.
Demerara Syrup. Demerara syrup is made from demerara sugar, which is a type of unrefined cane sugar.
It adds a rich and caramel-like sweetness to the drink, which helps to balance out the bitterness of the orange bitters and the rye bourbon.
Orange bitters. Orange bitters are a type of bitters made from orange peels and other botanicals.
Angostura bitters add a subtle citrusy and bitter notes to the drink, which helps to balance out the sweetness from the syrup and cherry juice.
It’s a perfect combination of sweet, bitter, fruity and spicy notes that will tantalize your taste buds.
How to make an Old Fashioned
The Old Fashioned cocktail is typically associated with those who appreciate classic and traditional drinks.
It’s requires a bit more knowledge and patience to make it right, it’s not for the ones looking for something fast and easy.
- In a mixing glass, muddle an orange slice, demerara syrup, and the juice of cherry cocktails.
- Add, orange bitters and dark rye bourbon.
- Stir and add ice.
- Strain into a rocks glass, garnish, and enjoy.
For the most part, Its one that is often ordered at a bar or enjoyed at home with friends or family. It’s a drink that’s perfect for sipping and savoring, to be enjoyed slowly and thoughtfully.
History of the Old Fashioned
The Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail that originated in the late 1800s and was originally made with just a few simple ingredients: sugar, water, bitters, and whiskey.
It evolved to include additional ingredients such as fruits and liqueurs.
In the early 20th century, it became a popular cocktail in the United States, particularly in the Midwest.
During the Prohibition era, it continued to be popular, although it was often made with bootlegged or low-quality spirits.
After the repeal of Prohibition, the Old Fashioned regained its popularity and remains a classic cocktail to this day.
In recent years, it has experienced a resurgence in popularity with many variations and twists.
Best Bourbon for Old Fashion
When it comes to making an Old Fashioned cocktail, the best bourbon to use is one that has a bold and robust flavor. Some popular choices include:
Basil Hayden’s: This is a small batch bourbon, it’s a light and easy drinking bourbon, with a mild and smooth flavor, it has notes of honey, pepper and citrus.
Maker’s Mark: This bourbon has a smooth and well-balanced flavor, with notes of caramel, vanilla, and wheat.
Bulleit Bourbon: This bourbon has a high-rye content, which gives it a spicy kick, it also has notes of caramel, vanilla, and toasted oak.
Knob Creek: This bourbon has a rich and full-bodied flavor, with notes of caramel, vanilla, and oak.
Woodford Reserve: This bourbon has a complex flavor profile with notes of caramel, chocolate, and nutmeg.
Ultimately, the best bourbon for an Old Fashioned is a matter of personal preference. Experimenting with different bourbons is a great way to find the one that you like the best.
How to Properly Muddle Fruit
Muddling is an important step when making any cocktail that calls for fruit. The purpose of muddling is to release the flavors and oils from the fruit, not to pulverize it.
Here’s how you can properly muddle the fruit in any cocktail recipe:
Place the fruit in the bottom of the mixing glass or shaker. Gently press the fruit using a muddler.
Make sure to muddle the fruit evenly to release the flavors and oils throughout the mixture.
After muddling, add the remaining ingredients and stir them together.
Make sure to use a wooden muddler as plastic or metal muddlers can leave a metallic taste on the cocktail. Also, use a mixing glass or a shaker to muddle the fruit to avoid cracking your glassware.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the secret to a good Old Fashioned?
For the perfect Old Fashioned cocktail, remember to stir, not shake. Unlike cocktails with citrus juice, egg whites, or cream, Old Fashioneds should be stirred. Use a bar spoon and gently stir for 30 seconds to chill the drink without diluting it too much.
What is the best bitters for Old Fashioned?
Angostura bitters are a popular choice for Old Fashioned cocktails due to their complex flavor profile, which includes notes of spice, herbs, and citrus.
Do you add bitters before or after shaking?
When preparing a cocktail, one of the key questions to ask yourself is when to add the bitters.
Furthermore, it is recommended to add the bitters before beginning the shaking or stirring process.
This way, the bitters can be fully incorporated into the drink and evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
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Old Fashioned Cocktail with a Twist
- 1 peninsula premium cocktail cherries
- 1 angostura aromatic bitters
- 2 ounce dark rye bourbon such as Basil Hayden
- 1 slice orange
- 1 teaspoon demerara syrup
- 1 teaspoon cherry juice peninsula cherries
- 10 dashes orange bitters angostura bitters
- In a mixing glass, add a slice of orange and a cherry juice and demerara syrup.
- Using a muddler, gently press the orange slices to release their flavors and oils.
- Add 10 dashes of orange bitters to the mixture and stir to combine.
- Slowly pour 2 oz of dark rye bourbon into the mixture and stir until well combined.
- Fill the mixing glass with ice to the top.
- Using a bar spoon or julep strainer, stir the mixture for about 20-30 seconds.
- Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice.
- Garnish with a slice of orange or cherry.
- Sip and enjoy your twisted Old Fashioned Cocktail.
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