Old Fashioned

old fashionedIt’s Monday, and Mondays are so in need of a nice cocktail. It’s the start of the week, and everyone is dragging. While it may seem like an odd choice, an Old Fashioned is actually a great cocktail to finish off a long day back to work. The Old Fashioned gets a bad rep because traditionally it’s made with a heaping dose of bitters- which are, well, sort of bitter, and we all know whiskey isn’t the most inviting of liquors. This recipe makes what I consider to be a lighter, crisper, and more refreshing Old Fashioned. It is perfect for sipping slowly during the 5 o’clock news, and it won’t ruin your appetite for dinner. It’s like a nighttime mimosa! Also, it is really basic and I have found that it is a great way to use some of those small oranges that the store makes you buy in giant quantities!

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Old Fashioned
Makes one 2-shot drink

1/2 tbs sugar
2 splashes of bitters
1 tbs water
juice from 2 clementines/mandarins (any smallish, juicy orange works!)
2 shots of mild whiskey (our favorites are Woodford Reserve and Crown Royal Reserve)
2 ice cubes

old fashionedPut the sugar in a glass and add bitters. You really do want to avoid adding too much because this is the ingredient that can overwhelm the drink and the freshness of the orange juice.

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Cut the oranges and strain the juices into a pitcher or a separate glass. This is simply to avoid having a drink that is too pulpy. The mandarin oranges that I use here rarely have seeds, but just in case there are a few, the straining will keep them from getting in your drink!

old fashionedAdd in a spoonful of water and the whiskey. Stir it up and top it off with a few ice cubes and some of the rind from the oranges.

Enjoy!

 

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