That was a pleasant twist to things, an Old Fashioned without whiskey (or rum or any more common OF spirits) and without sugar in any traditional form and yet we still managed to experience Old Fashioned bliss. The juggernaut that is Old Fashioned’s in October finds itself stopping to repeat itself; well, somewhat. Tonight we want to see what happens once again when a subtle tweak is made to a recipe, in this case we use our Elder Fashioned recipe, sub out the gin and bitters used previously and in its place sub in a whiskey and a different type of bitters. I know … intriguing, isn’t it?
I’ll be the first to admit that I stumbled on the below recipe, what would appear to be the “original” form of the recipe, quite by chance. The version of the recipe that I knew as the Elder Fashioned was the one we’ve already written up and despite doing research previous (or thinking that I had) I never came across the below until recently. Odd considering the recipe is featured prominently on the St-Germain website. Deciding not to engage in a “chicken and egg” debate as to what came first and profile it as such, I offered my more familiar version yesterday and we turn today, to a little bourbon magic.
Why offer two versions of what amounts to the same recipe? Simple Dear Watson, while similar in recipe, they are two completely different drinks, both of which are worthy of exploration in this series. In the case of gin and elderflower liqueur, the match seems perfect; bourbon and the liqueur, my first reaction was that it likely doesn’t work so well and frankly this was what drew my attention to this version of the recipe. Initially shunning this version of the drink under the assumption that it, well, seemed a little odd, my thoughts were drawn to a new favorite drink of mine which uses these two ingredients to fantastic results. By now you are painfully aware of my near devoted love affair to the craft bar that is Death & Co.. Bartender Jessica Gonzales has had a drink on several D&C menus named the Jive Turkey, a riff on the Brooklyn cocktail served on the rocks, the drink pairs St-Germain with rye and bourbon (and other ingredients) to amazing results. If the pairing worked well in this case, I told myself to give it a try in this case and see what the two would do with one another absent other ingredient “noise.”
Recipe sourced from the St-Germain liqueur website and adapted by theSpeakista
• 2 oz bourbon (Johnny Drum Private Stock was used)
• 1/2 oz St-Germain Elderflower liqueur
• 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
Garnish: orange twist
Glass: rocks or old fashioned glass
Assembly: Mix all of the ingredients over ice in the serving glass. Garnish, consume and enjoy.
There you go … one recipe, two different, very good results. Next up, a little tequila magic.