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