Holiday Old Fashioned Simple Syrup
Cocktail Guru Jamie Boudreau aptly reminds us that "simple syrup doesn't always need to be simple...it can add robust flavors and create new opportunities for inspiring cocktails."
Try this adapted recipe for 'not-so-simple' rich simple syrup for your next Old Fashioned and other classic cocktails.
1 cup raw sugar (most minimally processed)
3.5oz Bourbon / Rye
1oz of your favorite winter bitters (Angostura will certainly work)
A large swath of fresh orange zest (white pith removed) sliced into matchstick pieces
Add all ingredients into a medium saucepan and set heat to medium. Stirr ingredients continuously with a non-reactive whisk until the sugar is dissolved. Do not let boil. Once sugar is completely dissolved turn off the heat. Allow to cool. Strain into a repurposed bottle or Mason jar. Use for all of your holiday / winter cocktail needs.
Variations. Add some or all of the following to the saucepan to heat with the other ingredients. 8 whole cloves, 3 whole star anise, grated nutmeg, 10 crushed green cardamom, .5oz fresh or dried ginger.
Old Fashioned Cocktail
2 oz. bourbon or rye whiskey
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
1/4 oz 'not-so-simple' rich simple syrup (recipe above)
Tools: muddler, barspoon
Glass: old fashioned
In an Old Fashioned glass, add the syrup, bitters and orange peel. Use a muddler to gently press the orange peel to release the citrus oils. Add the whiskey and stir. Add ice cubes and stir again. Enjoy and repeat as desired.*
*Napa Valley Distillery always recommends drinking responsibly.