Old Fashioned, Crispy Smoked Edition

The basics of cocktail creation is about building your cocktail in flavor and strength. I really love to try out new stuff when creating cocktails. Sometimes it’s fun to go back in time and build on existing cocktails.

Today I’m going to make my version of an Old Fashioned cocktail. The Old Fashioned is probably one of the best-known whisky cocktails in existence. It was created in the 19th century and still a perfect classic.

The base of a good Old Fashioned cocktail is muddled sugar with bitters (I mostly use angostura bitters), added by Bourbon (or rye) whiskey and soda water. You can garnish with orange zest and a maraschino cherry.

I wanted to make this great cocktail a bit more southern US (if that’s even possible). My building blocks are the same. After cooling my glass, I’m starting with a cube of sugar where I poor in a few drops of angostura bitters. Then muddle and add a bit of soda until the sugar is gone, then add the Bourbon.

Next up, I take a bottle where I capture the smoke of the hickory I burnt. Put the content of the cocktail in the bottle and gently stir around (don’t stir long or the cocktail will be too smokey and the carbonation of your soda will be gone).

Take your cooled glass, add ice and the content of the bottle. Garnish the glass with zest of orange and a piece of oven baked bacon.

You’ll have a great smokey cocktail with the typical Old Fashioned aroma complemented with a smokey touch. Let me know what you think...

Here’s my recipe:
- 5 cl Bourbon
- A few drops of Angostura Bitters
- Soda water (to top off)
- A cube of sugar
- Zest of orange
- Bacon
- Hickory wood (for the smoke)
- Ice

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