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How to Make a Better Old-Fashioned

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We’re strong proponents of having a good home bar. Welcome to Cocktail Hour, where we’ll show you the best ways to put your liquor cabinet to use. This cocktail is brought to you by thebar.com.

Today: Stay in tonight. Fix yourself this drink. 

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It’s one of life’s great myths that Friday evenings are about pomp and revelry. They are not. Friday evenings are about climbing into really soft pants and eating dinner before 9 and falling asleep before 11. As much as we want to paint the town red, we are tired. Sensibility wins. 

So we look to pragmatic cocktails at the end of a long week. We want to drink something that asks nothing of us, least of all not to spill it or to garnish it with a procession of mint. Save the skittish martinis and top-heavy glassware and raucous tiki cocktails for a well-rested Saturday -- today you'll drink a Maple Old-Fashioned in a sturdy, high-walled rocks glass, and you will feel safe. 

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This is a drink that allows the laziness of fixing a finger of whiskey, neat, but makes you feel like you’re keeping up with all of the celebration happening outside your window. It’s both low-key and a little new, much like the Friday night of your dreams. 

Combine Canadian whisky with maple simple syrup (like a rich simple syrup where the sugar is maple) and a dash of bitters, and stir for a solid ten seconds. Strain over fresh ice. (As much fun as it is to build your old-fashioned in the glass, it also waters it down in a way you can’t really control. Take a page out of bartenders’ books and let this irritate you -- your drink will be better for it.) 

You’ll end up with a cocktail about as harmonious as a Canadian tuxedo, a little earthy from the maple and a lot warming from the liquor. And if I have to guess, you’ll do it all again next Friday. 

Maple Old-Fashioned
Recipe from The Bar Book

Serves 1 

1 1/2 
ounces Crown Royal Canadian whisky
1
 barspoon 2:1 maple simple syrup (see note in recipe)
1 to 2
 dashes Fee Brothers bitters, or other aromatic bitters
Lemon peel for garnish

See the full recipe (and save it and print it) here. 

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Tags: cocktails, old fashioned, drinks