How to Make an Old-Fashioned with a Twist for Thanksgiving

Old-fashioneds are one of the most popular cocktails out there, and while it's traditionally made with whiskey it can easily be adapted with other spirits.

Released on 11/24/2014

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Starring: Tom Macy

Location provided by Dick and Jane

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The Old Fashioned has a pretty good claim
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to being one of the most popular cocktails of all time.
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It's certainly one of my favorites.
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But even though it's traditionally made with whiskey,
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it's surprisingly adaptable to lots of other spirits.
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Today I'm going to show you one of my favorite variations
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on the Old Fashioned.
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The Applejack Old Fashioned.
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For this cocktail you're going to need some apple brandy,
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some maple syrup, preferably grade B maple syrup,
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because it's a little bit richer.
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Some angostura bitters and aromatic bitters,
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and then finally an orange peel for garnish.
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We're going to start with two ounces of apple brandy.
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Apple brandy's popularity in America goes back
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well before the revolutionary war.
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In fact, the first commercial distillery
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in the whole United States distilled apple brandy.
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It's really great on its own,
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and it's excellent in cocktails.
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Now we're going to add a bar spoon of maple syrup,
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which is about half a teaspoon.
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You really don't need very much.
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Be careful because it can get sweet really fast.
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Now we're going to add our bitters.
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We're going to do two dashes of angostura bitters,
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which are pretty much the most common bitters in the world,
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also the most useful.
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If you only own one brand of bitters,
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have it be this one.
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Finally I like to add a dash of aromatic bitters.
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Aromatic bitters are a broad category,
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but they usually are darker and have more baking spice notes
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like cinnamon and nutmeg,
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which obviously are going to play great
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with our maple syrup and our apple brandy.
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All right, now we're ready to stir.
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Because this is all alcohol, or 97% alcohol,
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we don't want to shake it,
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we want to preserve that nice silky texture.
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Stir for about 30 seconds or so.
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We're going to serve this on the rocks,
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because it's so stiff,
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a little extra dilution is a good thing.
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Of course using fresh ice is always key
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for really strong drinks like this.
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It keeps them colder.
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Now we're going to garnish this with an orange peel.
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Peel a nice swath.
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You just want to pinch it lightly,
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so the oil sprays over the glass.
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With all those dark earthy notes in there,
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it's nice to have those aromatics from the orange oil
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to brighten it up.
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There you are.
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That is the Applejack Old Fashioned.
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This is a great Thanksgiving drink.
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I love after the big meal sitting in front of the fireplace
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sipping on one of these, surrounded by family.
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It's something I look forward to every year.
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