Bartenders in NYC are a bit of a celebrity. They take their craft very seriously, and there is nothing more enjoyable than having a meal – at the bar – watching the bartender make drinks for the dining room and listening to the chatter around you. Some of my most memorable dining experiences have been at a “fancy” restaurant, starting at the bar, having a pre-dinner cocktail, then giving up your table to stay right where you are. At the bar. My favorite old fashioned was at the NoMad Library bar in Midtown NYC. If there was ever a perfect cocktail, this was the place – except Harvey’s Diner – always.
I’m a whisky girl, and a bit of an old fashioned snob, I like the classic old fashioned – no cherry – no club soda. Fight me cowboy. I’m ready.
maple old fashioned
- Grab an orange. Use a vegetable peeler to cut a 2- to 3-inch-long piece of orange peel. Run the pulp-side of the peel around the rim of the cocktail glass.
- Add bourbon (I prefer bourbon over Rye), bitters, and maple syrup. Stirring to combine, adding maple syrup to the classic old fashioned adds a caramel-y, warm taste to this slightly bitter, smokey cocktail.
- Add the ice cube. And stir with the spoon again to mix and chill the drink.
- Garnish and serve. Give the orange peel a good twist to release its oils, if you’re fancy, grab a match and light the zest over the cocktail.
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