Wednesday, April 1, 2015

#RivCooks: Old Fashioned

A few months ago, I watched Issa Rae's web-series "Brown and Butter" and realized I was living my life all wrong. The show features a new drink and food recipe, every time it comes on, and they put my drink game to shame. In this particular show, they made an old fashioned. I made an empty promise that the next time I went to the bar I'd order something more sophisticated. I failed. I probably ordered a cranberry and vodka. To my surprise, a few weeks later, my good friend Tara, a licensed bartender, brought over all the goodies to make an old fashioned, right at home. Of course, I documented the process. Why? B/c I know y'all are out there ordering Long Island Iced Teas and cranberry vodkas too. 

Here's the episode of Brown + Butter:

Here's the recipe Tara and I used: 

2oz of any Bourbon (We used Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey)
2-4 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 tsp Simple Syrup (or 2 sugar cubes)
1 Orange wheel
1 Maraschino cherry
1. Muddle Orange Chunk with the skin into the bottom of the glass with simply syrup.
2. Add Bourbon & Bitters
3. Serve on Ice, Garnish with Cherry and Orange Wheel & Enjoy!

The recipe Tara brought along turned out to be the champion. The recipe from the video seemed to be a bit too bitter, for us. Hopefully this will inspire me to order more "grown up" drinks, lol. Try it and let me know how it turns out!

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