I have phases with my top 3 boozy classics. Whether it’s an Old Fashion, Manhattan or Negroni, I always make sure that my bar is stocked to make these staples. Now a lot of bars do insane concoctions of an Old Fashioned, but sometimes you need something quick, easy, but maybe something a bit from the classic. I created a version that doesn’t ask for too much attention, but spices up your OF life.
Another great way to play with this recipe is substituting maple syrup instead of sugar. An added bonus, which is HIGHLY recommended is rinsing the inside of your glass with a peaty scotch (such as laphroaig) to kick up the smoky flavour. I don’t typically carry a lot of single malts on my bar but Laphroaig is a great addition. It’s amazing how a few drops of this whisky can dramatically affect a drink.
Smoked Old Fashioned
An easy, smoky version of an Old Fashioned
- 2 oz Bourbon
- 2 zests Orange
- 2 sprigs Rosemary
- 1 Brown Sugar Cube
- 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
- 1 spritz Laphroaig optional
Rinse the inside of the rocks glass with Laphroaig
In a mixing glass, soak the brown sugar cube in angostura bitters and muddle with 1 zest of orange and 1 rosemary
Add bourbon and top with ice and stir until chilled
Over 1 large ice cube, strain the cocktail into the rocks glass and garnish with 1 orange zest and 1 slightly burnt Rosemary sprig
Now if for some reason you’re one of the lucky few that has a smoker, than SMOKE THE ROSEMARY for a short period of time. You will LOVE what this does to a drink and it makes a dramatic difference then simply lighting up the Rosemary. So whenever you’re enjoying a day of barbecues and smokers, and you need help pass the time, you can be sipping on this delicious smoky concoction.