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Author Notes: Paraphrasing the Alembic bar in SF: The Old Fashioned is among the most clean and elegant cocktails, especially without the muddled fruit cocktail with which the old warhorse is so often saddled down with.
Makes 1 cocktail
Old Fashioned Cocktail
- 2 ounces Bourbon (Rye is also great)
- 5 dashes Angostura bitters
- 3/4 teaspoon Blood Orange simple syrup
- Add simple syrup and bitters to an old fashioned glass and twirl until bitters and syrup are completely mixed.
- Fill glass with ice 3/4 of the way up and fill bourbon to just below that level (comes out to 2-2.5 ounces.)
- Stir (do not shake!) Taste and then taste again 5 min later and the melt from the ice will create a dangerously drinkable bourbon cocktail.
Blood Orange Simple Syrup
- 1 1/2 cups Sugar
- 3/4 cup Water
- 1 Blood orange (or any citrus!)
- Cut blood orange into very thin vertical slices (like medallions or rounds, not wedges) and set aside.
- Mix sugar and water in a small sauce pan and heat over medium to medium to low heat until sugar is dissolved. Once dissolved add blood orange slices and cook 15-20 min until orange slices look limp.
- Immediately jar and cool. Best to make ahead and have batch ready for cocktail hour. (Note: any 2:1 sugar syrup will work for the old fashioned. 1:1 doesn't pack enough punch while 2:1 takes off the bite of the bourbon with out making the cocktail too sweet.)