Things have been roller coaster-ish in the last couple of weeks. Some pretty good highs, some devastating lows.
And, while I’m not one to advocate drinking away your sorrows, suffice to say that there were a couple of nights when I got home from work and really felt like I could use a cocktail.
Lately, I’ve been loving the classic Bourbon Old-Fashioned. I had a couple at National back in December, raising a few eyebrows among the group I was with.
“That smells like my dad’s liquor cabinet,” said one friend after taking a sniff.
She may have a point, but I really love this cocktail. So, since then, I’ve kept ordering them. Like at Charcut a couple of weeks ago.
Later, out of curiousity, I looked up the recipe and saw how easy they are to make.
So when the cocktail urge struck, I bought a bag of ice, made some simple syrup and stirred myself a drink.
Typically, the recipe calls for straight orange, but I happened to have a couple of blood oranges lying around, so I used slices of that. Of course, use what you have on hand. Although I usually have Maker’s Mark, I recently bought a bottle of Buffalo Trace, which I’m enjoying a lot.
- 1 sugar cube
- 3 dashes Angostura bitters
- 1 orange slice
- splash of soda water
- ice cubes
- 2 1/2 fl. oz. bourbon
In a double old-fashioned glass (or, in my case, whatever glass I have lying around that is clean), combine the sugar cube, bitters, orange slice and soda water and muddle together. Add a handful of ice cubes, then the bourbon. Stir well.
Makes 1 drink.