Date Syrup Bourbon Old Fashioned

Bourbon Date Old Fashioned

Bourbon is a favorite of mine.  Forgive me as I will probably start every post whose recipe contains bourbon, in any amount, that same way.  I like it best with just a few ice cubes.  If it is going to be adorned with superfluous accompaniments, in my opinion, the Old Fashioned and eggnog are its two highest superfluously-adorned forms.

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The Old Fashioned is traditionally made by muddling a sugar cube with a couple dashes of bitters, adding whiskey, ice, and garnishing with a citrus twist.  Simple, delicious, and the bourbon remains the hero – my kind of bourbon cocktail.  This recipe is a play on that classic.  It is a bit more dressed up than the original but it maintains the bourbon’s prominence.  In this recipe we substitute a sweet, nutty, and earthy syrup made from simmered medjool dates for the cube of sugar in the original.  See our earlier post for detailed instructions on making date syrup… it’s super easy and well worth the small amount of time it takes to make a batch.

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Date Syrup Bourbon Old Fashioned
 
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Recipe type: Drink
Serves: 1 drink
Ingredients
  • 2.5 ounces of bourbon
  • 1 ounce of date syrup
  • 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 1 twist or half-round of citrus (I prefer orange here)
  • 1 medjool date, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine over ice the bourbon, date syrup, and bitters. Shake and strain into an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice. Garnish with a date and twist or orange.
  2. Note: For more orange flavor, a half-round of orange can be added to the shaker or muddle in the glass.

 

Bourbon Date Old Fashioned

Bourbon, Port, and Cider Syrup “Manhattan”

Bourbon, Port, and Cider Syrup “Manhattan”

This recipe is a seasonally appropriate play on the classic Manhattan.  If you’re thinking, “YUCK!  I can’t stand Manhattans,” stop.  This recipe tastes nothing like the original.  Traditionally, a Manhattan consists of whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters.  It’s delicious and classic.  But if a traditional Manhattan is a cup of black coffee, this is a venti caramel macchiato with whip cream and extra caramel, please.

A healthy dose of smoky bourbon is mellowed by the dried fruit and caramel flavors of tawny port.  Apple cider reduced to a syrup provides additional sweetness, apple-fruitiness, and (believe it or not) acidity to balance all of the caramel sweetness.  Several dashes of Angostura bitters add a spice note; clove, allspice, nutmeg, and maybe some anise?  This is definitely one of those drinks that will sneak up on you, though.  Despite having quite a bit of alcohol in it, it tastes more like a caramel apple dessert.  Watch out!

Bourbon, Port, and Cider Syrup “Manhattan”

Kick back this weekend and enjoy this cooler fall weather with a drink that is sure to remind your taste buds of all the great flavors that this season has to offer. And make this Apple Cider Syrup! I am sure you can find many uses for it and we will be sharing a few more over the coming weeks.

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Bourbon, Port, and Cider Syrup “Manhattan”
 
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Serves: 1 Drink
Ingredients
  • 2 ½ oz. bourbon
  • 1 oz. tawny port
  • 1 ½ oz. apple cider syrup (see recipe here)
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
Instructions
  1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker that has been filled with ice. Shake vigorously.
  2. Strain into a chilled martini glass (in the pictures I have swirled caramel around the glass and garnished it with a thin slice of apple).

 

Drink up! – The Backyard Garden Party

The Backyard Garden Party

I am very excited to be able to write this post!  Danielle and I just finished the Whole30 food challenge and of all the indulgences that I am surprised I made it 30 days without, alcohol probably tops the list.  I am an equal opportunity booze hound.  Wine, beer, or liquor – I’m a big fan.  I should have come up with a drink that had some more attitude like the “Syonara Whole30 Sling,” but it is 98F on this September 1st so I felt it best to go with something a little more refreshing and gentle.

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