Today, I'm going to start you off with a classic that'll not only impress, but will also be easy to make.
The Old Fashioned. An absolute classic. And one of my absolute favorite drinks. But even though it's a classic, that doesn't mean you have to stick to the tired old rules that your grandparents stick to. So let me show you how to punch up your granddad's medicine.
First, you'll need:
1 ½ ounces of bourbon
½ an ounce of fresh squeezed orange juice, and yes, fresh squeezed does make a difference, but if you can't get your hands on some oranges, just make sure to grab some higher quality orange juice from your grocery store, preferably with pulp. Pulp adds to the flavor, and don't let anyone tell you any different!
Now you'll take all of those ingredients and toss them into a shaker full of ice. Shake that old boy well and then strain it into an old fashioned glass with ice. And if you're feeling fancy, garnish the edge of the glass with a fig.
Easy enough, right? And with that fig balsamic, you open up the robust scent and taste of the bourbon while also heightening the taste and acidity of the orange juice.
And there you have it. And if you're looking for a nice meal to pair this cocktail with, you'd do well to match it with something fatty and robust. I'd suggest a nice pork roast with garlic mashed potatoes.
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