Today we are revisiting the very first Mad Men Cocktail Hour post ever which was an Old Fashioned. Old Fashioned cocktails remain my very favorite drink but sometimes you want to put a little twist on the classic.
I love trying new mixers and bitters and fun things to add to drinks. They are a quick why to turn an old standard into a new favorite.
Fee Brothers make my favorite bitter, they have so many options! And my new favorite is Black Walnut Bitters. It has a hint of maple and vanilla, is nutty and warm – perfect for bourbon and a fantastic alternative for a classic Old Fashioned!
Just a slight variation off my usual Old Fashioned recipe. Rather than Orange Bitter, I use the Black Walnut Bitters (check out the link for specific instructions):
2 oz Bourbon
several dashes Angostura Bitters
8-10 dashes Black Walnut Bitters (I don’t shy away from really adding flavor)
Place the sugar cube in an Old Fashioned glass and wet with the bitters,. Muddle the sugar and bitters together, add ice to the glass (I prefer one very large cube) and bourbon. Stir to combine. I prefer mine with a splash of soda water, but that is optional.