The Best Old Fashioned.

Georgia summers…

If you live in Georgia, or have spent any time here during the summer months, you know the weather is hot, humid and the insects, well let’s just say they’re vast and vicious! So, it should go without saying the recent touch of fall in the air has many of us excited about cooler temps and all things fall – fall decor, scented candles, pumpkins, watching college football and sipping adult beverages by the fire to name a few. One of the beverages I enjoy most when the days become shorter and the evenings start to cool is a fine small batch bourbon. I love sipping over the rocks, but my absolute favorite way to enjoy a good bourbon is in an Old Fashioned. While there are many versions of an Old Fashioned – each with their own merit – this recipe from Minimalist Baker is the best I’ve tasted yet. Enjoy in your favorite glass or order one of these sets from Horse, Hound and Hunt (link to glasses with initials engraved here).

Try the recipe and share your thoughts or what is your favorite Old Fashioned twist?

How to Make an Old Fashioned

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp Simple Syrup (made with Turbinado Sugar // see recipe below)

  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters

  • 3 dashes Orange Bitters (Fee Brothers)

  • 1 large Ice Cube

  • 2 oz Bourbon (Four Roses Small Batch)

  • 1 piece Orange Peel

  • 1 whole Cocktail Cherry (Maraska Cherries or  Woodford Reserve Bourbon Cherries)

Instructions

  • To a bourbonl glass, add 2 tsp (2 bar spoons) of simple syrup (see recipe below).

  • Add 3 dashes Angostura Bitters.

  • Add 3 dashes Orange Bitters.03

  • Add a large Ice Cube to the glass.

  • Add 2 ounces (60 ml) of Bourbon.

  • Stir for 1 minute

  • Spritz an Orange Peel over the glass to release its oils (take the peel, fold/twist over the glass then twist again and add to the glass).

  • Top with a Cocktail Cherry.

Simple Syrup Recipe

To make simple syrup, add 1 part sugar (Turbinado) and 1 part water to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring frequently until sugar is dissolved. Cool, pour into a jar or squeeze bottle, and use as instructed. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

 

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Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” – Mark Twain

 

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