Old Fashioned’s in October – Returning to an old friend

by KeithP on October 27, 2011

Short and sweet, that’s the name of today’s game.  Coming off of three days sans whiskey in an Old Fashioned and Old Fashioned’s in October takes a little round about of sorts, and mixes things up nicely.  What do you get when you pair our trusty old friends of bonded applejack, bourbon and Islay in an Old Fashioned frame work … thy name is the North Garden.

Created by Jason Littrell at NYC’s Death & Co. and Dram, the drink is a perfect example of flavor combining of spirits.  It is almost universal that when I’m sitting at the D&C bar and craving a drink with Islay that such requests will be filled by a North Garden being placed in front of my eager palate.  We have so enjoyed this drink that we previously profiled it in these award winning pages and find ourselves mixing one up at least every month or so (give or take an odd one).  This drink is a perfect marriage of bold flavors with the slightest touch of sweetness to bind it all together.  Applejack is the clear support in this house with the bourbon lending a calming warmness to our abode while the smoky, peaty goodness of the Islay is present, but in no way dominate.

Grab your bottles dear readers and start mixing one of these little beauties up … you will not be sorry.

North Garden
Recipe created by Jason Littrell of NYC’s Dram and Death & Co and adapted by theSpeakista  

•    1 1/2 oz Laird’s Bonded Applejack
•    3/4 oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon (Old Forester was used)
•    1/4 oz Laphroaig Islay whisky (Laphroaig Quarter Cask was used)
•    1 tsp. rich 2:1 sugar syrup
•    2 dashes of Angostura bitters
Garnish: none
Glass: rocks or old fashioned glass
Tools: mixing glass, bar-spoon and julep strainer

Assembly:  Mix all of the ingredients over ice in a mixing and strain into the serving glass containing a large cubed ice cube.  Consume and enjoy.

Oh goodness that was nice.  Next up, we totally turn this show on its head with something 100% opposite what you might expect.

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