Old Fashioned Cocktail (w/ Blood Orange Syrup)

By InSearchOfLostThyme
January 22, 2014
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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
  • Ice
  1. Add simple syrup and bitters to an old fashioned glass and twirl until bitters and syrup are completely mixed.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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!)
  1. Cut blood orange into very thin vertical slices (like medallions or rounds, not wedges) and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.)

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