I love a good Old Fashioned. It's a pretty simple drink in that it doesn't involve many ingredients. But it still ends up tasting complex. I also love drinks that have a cherry, as it's like getting a mini dessert with your drink. But I don't tend to order too many overly sweet drinks, so an Old Fashioned is right up my alley.
This version is not too far off from the classic because how can you truly improve upon such a great drink? But two minor tweaks add some fun flavors, and one doubles as a kind of party trick if you are making these for guests and want to impress them.
I say any cocktail that involves a little bit of fire is always fun in my book. :)
1 teaspoon simple syrup or super fine sugar
2 dashes bitters
1.5 oz rye or bourbon whiskey
a splash of water
1 Luxardo cherry
1 cinnamon stick
cedar board + kitchen torch
First use the kitchen torch to burn the cedar board, and then place a cocktail glass immediately over the board, trapping in the smoke.
In the glass, combine the simple syrup (or sugar) and bitters. Give that a few quick stirs. Fold and squeeze the orange peel over the drink, then lightly rub the edges of the glass with the peel before adding it to the glass. Add the ice (I love a big ice cube here) and pour in the whiskey and a splash of water. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a cherry.
-You can use any maraschino cherry, but I do recommend seeking out Luxardo cherries (available online if you can't find them in stores near you) as they are SOOOO good and really elevate at-home cocktail making.
-You can buy cedar boards usually in the grilling section of stores or online. You can use other boards as well, just make sure they haven't been treated or coated with anything that you would not want to eat.
Cheers! xo. Emma
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.