So it is the end of the year and that means holiday parties, gift giving, and of course cocktails, champagne and prosecco. While I will be the first to admit, I love champagne and prosecco and if you find yourself being handed a glass, make sure you drink and enjoy. But this post isn’t about delicious drinks with bubbles served in fancy glasses, this post is all about cocktails, specifically those that involve cherries, rye whiskey and a name as old as the drink itself. Old Fashions, the drink that you likely heard your grandfather probably order a time or two has been reborn thanks the rebirth of cocktail bars in the 2000’s and well… hipsters. I love Old Fashions, they taste great, they are strong as hell, and this particular recipe has cinnamon which, will undoubtably put you in the holiday spirt. So do yourself a favor, head to the store, grab yourself the necessary ingredients and get into that holiday spirt.
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
3 cardamom pods
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
12 ounces sweet bourbon (or whiskey)
1 orange, cut into 8 wedges
8 maraschino cherries
4 cinnamon sticks
1.Place first five ingredients into a saucepan and simmer over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
2. Bring the mixture to a boil then cover and remove from heat. Allow the mixture to steep for 30 minutes. Strain the spices from the simple syrup.
3. Allow the mixture to cool completely before placing in the fridge for an hour to chill.
4. Divide an orange wedge and two cherries into each four glasses and muddle together.
5. Place the chilled syrup, bourbon and ice into a large shaker and shake until well combined.
6. Divide the mixture into each glass and top with an extra orange wedge, squeezing the wedge before dropping into the glass.
7. Garnish each glass with a cinnamon stick, if using and serve.