Mixology Monday: A bitterSWEET twist to The Old Fashioned
Welcome to Mixology Mondays!
Where we will explore cocktails highlighting a variety of whiskies and bourbons.
We tend to make the same exact cocktails over and over again. For about a year, we made Kentucky Mules every Friday night. For the past few months; we've been on an Old Fashioned kick! Outside of that; we suck at making cocktails... We just love to drink them!
So, with the help of some industry insiders, and some digging across the interwebs, we plan to showcase and try out a new cocktail each week.
To start things off. we'd thought we start with the basics. A classic bourbon cocktail with a cool twist. We found this recipe for a Blood Orange Old Fashioned from blogger, Kelly Bakes. We made a few tweaks to it to meet our personal preferences -- instead of adding sugar, we used simple syrup. The sugar never really dissolves properly and the syrup blends evenly throughout the drink.
Give it a try and tell us what you think!
Blood Orange Old Fashioned
2 ounces rye or bourbon whiskey (we used Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select)
1 ounce simple syrup
2 dashes bitters
1 blood orange, half for the juice and the other half cut into wedges for serving
2-3 good maraschino cherries
1 large ice cube
In a whiskey glass, combine bitters and simple syrup. Add a splash of blood orange juice and stir to combine. Add with bourbon and ice. Add cherries and stir to combine. Allow to sit a few minutes to allow the flavors mellow before drinking.
~Sam & Ray