Simplest Craft Cocktails, Recipes from the Lab

The World's Simplest Craft Cocktails - The Old Fashioned

After spending what seems like every waking minute on new product development, we thought we would share some of the good stuff we have been working on to bring to you.  If you know us, you know that one of our Favorite cocktails is the Old Fashioned. History tells us that the famous cocktail (and the first to use the now ubiquitous term "cocktail") originated in the early 1800s. The Old Fashioned was created and served at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, KY and later brought to the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.

While the classic may have a simple list of ingredients, it is probably one of the main classic cocktails that is made poorly, over and over again.

Luckily for you, we have a simple way to get a perfect Old Fashioned every single time. We normally shy away from anything labeled as "syrup" due to who knows what's in it and how it may taste...but we have a new line of all-natural, simple ingredient syrups that can make anyone sling drinks better than your local mustachioed craft bartender. With all of the work in the bottle, you will have an amazing cocktail in just 2 to 3 steps...meanwhile, back at the bar, 'mustache' toils with a half dozen ingredients to make his Old Fashioned. In fact, we hesitate to even call them "syrups"...they are really all-natural, craft cocktail starters.

Tonight we start with the Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Fashioned craft cocktail starter mix (checkout the ingredients!).

...and you make yours with just a few simple steps. Let's get this thing going!

Mixing glass, bar spoon, strainer, double old-fashioned glass, 1 oz./½ oz. jigger, Whiskey Ice Co. Spherical Ice Ball Maker

2 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey
½ ounce Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Fashioned cocktail starter
1 ice ball from your Whiskey Ice Co. Spherical Ice Ball Maker
Strip of orange peel for garnish

Step 1:  Pour the Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Fashioned cocktail starter syrup, and the bourbon or rye whiskey into a mixing glass with a some ice cubes, and stir for about 25 seconds (about the length of time it takes to form an ice ball with the spherical ice ball maker).

Step 2: Place your ice ball into your double old-fashioned glass and strain whiskey mixture over top.

Step 3: To garnish, squeeze orange peel over cocktail to release oils into the glass and then toss the orange peel into the glass.

BOOM! You have created one of the best and simplest, no-goof Old Fashioned cocktails you will ever have.  

Don't tell your local craft bartender that you made a better old fashioned than he did, unless you want to see his mustache straighten...then go right ahead and tell him. 

Always enjoy responsibly and don't grow a handlebar mustache unless you know how to use it.