Tuesday, October 22, 2013

happy hour: orange-ginger old fashioned

As I confessed last week, I'm still developing taste for bourbon.  I know some will find this variation on the classic old fashioned heretical, but I'm really loving it.  The ginger and added orange is just enough to help me come around to the woody, spicy bourbon.

orange-ginger old fashioned

piece of orange rind, with as little pith possible
4 drops bitters
1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) orange-ginger simple syrup (recipe follows)
2 ounces bourbon

In  a rocks glass, muddle the orange rind with the bitters, syrup, a tiny dash of water, and a tiny dash of your bourbon.  (Adding some bourbon at this stage helps release some of the alcohol-soluble flavors in the orange.)  Add 3 large ice cubes and pour in the rest of the bourbon.  Stir, garnish with twist of orange, and enjoy!

orange-ginger simple syrup

1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
5" piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
zest of one orange

In a small saucepan, stir together the water and sugar over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.  Stir in the ginger and orange zest.  Once the mixture boils, remove from heat and allow to steep for 10 minutes.  Strain out the solids and store in an airtight container

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