My husband Clint is an amazing cook and also makes a mean cocktail. I thought it would be fun to have him document some of his concoctions and share them with you. We're having a fall inspired dinner party Wednesday night for some close friends before we all run off to our respective family get togethers and I'm certain Clint will be making a few of these for our friends. Cheers!
To those of us born as late Gen Y’ers and the even the off-putting millennials, few drinks are more familiar as staples of Grandfather's right hand than the Old Fashioned. A simple drink with history dating back to the late 1800’s. For a great many of us, the words “Old Fashioned” remind us more of Don Draper than our first pick of $13 drinks at the latest top 100 place in town.
Now I was blessed to have a taste for whiskey long before it became the hot new drink on the shelf (Thanks John Patrick – my late grandfather). I’ve had a lot of fun experimenting making my own old fashioned at home with different bitters, bourbons, potions and so on. One I came up with last Christmas infuses more orange into the drink. Citrus fruits such as lime, lemons, oranges and grapefruit are at their juiciest during the winter months. So when I had a surplus of clementines last December, I decided to experiment a little.
- 1 sugar cube
- 1 clementine
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 1 shot fresh orange juice
- 2 shots of bourbon or rye
So here we go. Most bartenders and traditionalists will disagree with many of these methods as being un-traditional. I whole heartily agree, and simultaneously don’t care. It tastes good! That’s what counts. First take the clementine and cut it horizontally into thirds. Keep the middle section thin as it’s exclusively for garnish and you want to save the juice of the two ends.
Squeeze the juice of the two clementine ends into a shaker and toss in the rinds, one sugar cube, two dashes of orange bitters and two of angostura bitters. Muddle the sugar and rinds to incorporate all the different flavors.
When the sugar is mostly dissolved, add in 1 shot of orange juice and 2 parts of the good stuff. Fill the shaker with ice and give it a good shake for 3 seconds. I like to use a large square ice cube in the final glass to keep it chilled and minimalize watering down the dink. Finally, add the center piece of the clementine to the glass.
And that’s it, an Orange Fashioned. Not as boozy as the classic version, but a nice balance of sweetness, tartness and whiskeyness. Shut up, it’s a real word. Enjoy.