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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- Note: For more orange flavor, a half-round of orange can be added to the shaker or muddle in the glass.