The Old-Fashioned makes a great wintertime drink. Richly flavorful, but not overly strong, it works equally well during cocktail hour or as an after-dinner sipper. Like Martinis, Old-Fashioneds are one of those drinks that’ve been around long enough to have developed more than a few variations. I want to share with you my version of this fantastic cocktail. Enjoy!
– – – – –
Blood Orange Old-Fashioned
16 to 24 brown sugar cubes (such as Sugar in the Raw)
Fee Brothers Blood Orange Bitters
16 ounces Bulleit Bourbon or other good-quality, artisanal bourbon
32 ounces freshly squeezed blood orange juice (available seasonally, or substitute orange juice)
Thinly sliced blood orange wheels and/or thickly sliced zest of blood orange, for garnish
Lime-flavored sparkling water
8 double old-fashioned glasses and ice cubes
1. Put 2 or 3 brown sugar cubes in each double old-fashioned glass; soak with blood orange bitters and let dissolve. (Helpful hint: Doing this a couple hours ahead of time allows the sugar to dissolve and saves time when making drinks.)
2. Fill a large pitcher with Bourbon and blood orange juice. Stir to combine.
3. To serve individual drinks, fill a glass with ice. Pour blood orange–Bourbon mixture over the ice and top with a splash of sparkling water. Garnish with a blood orange wheel and/or blood orange zest.