Old Fashioneds

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It’s finals season, so I’ve been too tired to really cook this weekend.  Luckily, I made two recipes last weekend with my friend and photographed them both.  Maybe next week I’ll make a cake or something to celebrate turning in a group paper that’s currently holding my weekend hostage.  But in the meantime, I can enjoy the memory of these sweet, sweet old fashioneds.  The only special tool we used was a muddler, which is kind of a blunted stick you use to smoosh up ingredients.  You could also use a spoon or something though.  Anyway, I used this recipe as a base but added extra fruit.  Enjoy!

OLD FASHIONED

(makes one serving)

Ingredients

  • 2 orange wedges
  • 2 morello cherries*
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 oz (1.5-2 shot glasses full) bourbon whiskey (we used Knob Creek)
  • Official Mad Men Playlist on Spotify

*The original recipe called for maraschino cherries.  But Trader Joe’s didn’t have maraschino cherries, and also maraschino cherries are kind of gross.  Have you ever seen how they’re made?  Yuck.

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Directions

1) Put on your Mad Men playlist.  This step is very important, as it sets the mood for the whole process.

2) Mix water, sugar, and bitters in a glass.

3) Add cherries and one orange wedge, muddle ingredients into a paste.

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4) remove orange rind, pour in bourbon, fill glass with ice (or half-full with ice if you used a big glass like we did), and stir.

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5) Garnish with remaining orange wedge, sip while you work at your desk and hit on the secretary, Mad Men style.

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