Old Fashioned’s in October – A Modern take on things

by KeithP on November 1, 2011

Okie dokie … a theSpeakista original and in our humble opinion, a decent attempt on our part at paying homage to the original formula.  Today, Old Fashioned’s in October finds itself with but three short days left to go and we turn the page/corner/descriptive word on things and literally shake things up.  The next three days will feature some odd, quirky and we think off-the-wall interesting twists on this most humble, yet powerfully tasty drink.

Our adventure finds us hitting head on a drink that will in some ways strike you as an odd selection but it was in our research, oddly/surprisingly so, the drink that led us to think of this entire adventure.  We have in recent times highlighted many a drink from the “Mix, Shake, Stir …” recipe book and today we hit another … The Modern Old-fashioned, an Old Fashioned that not only contains citrus juice but is also shaken to-boot. On paper the drink struck me exactly as the name would imply a modern take on the Old Fashioned.  The Modern is one of Danny Meyer’s many acclaimed restaurants in NYC and for the most part, each of his restaurants strives to create a bar or drink menus that highlight the character of each distinct eating establishment and The Modern is no different.

The Modern Old-Fashioned takes muddled fruit and citrus and pairs it with Old Fashioned standards such as bourbon and bitters and throws a unique twist on things into the mix, pear liqueur.  For me the drink is way too sweet with much of the other ingredients left hidden in the background.  For others, such as newbie cocktalians, this version of the Old Fashioned will be a perfect gateway to trying this drink in much the same way that my first, shaken and overtly sweet Manhattan, was a hand holding experience into something better, something more profound.  While I may not prefer this very modern take on things, I think it offers much to those who wish to be guided and for that, together with the initial inspiration we give our thanks.

The Modern Old-fashioned
Recipe sourced from the book “Mix, Shake Stir, recipes from Danny Meyer’s acclaimed New York City restaurants” and adapted by theSpeakista  

•    2 oz bourbon (Old Forester was used)
•    1/2 oz simple syrup
•    1 1/2 oz Poire William liqueur (Mathilde Poire was used)
•    Splash of lemon juice
•    5 slices of Bosc pear
•    4 dried cherries
•    1 dash of Angostura bitters
Garnish: see directions below
Glass: rocks or old fashioned glass
Tools: cocktail shaker, muddler and strainer

Assembly:  Soak three of the cherries in 1/2 ounce of the liqueur until plump; thread the cherries on a small skewer and set aside. Fill a rocks glass with ice to chill.  Muddle 4 of the pear slices with the remaining dried cherry and lemon juice in the shaker.  Add the bourbon, remaining one ounce of the liqueur, simple syrup and bitters together with ice and shake until well chilled.  Strain into the ice filled serving glass and garnish with the remaining pear slice and pre-prepared cherries.

Only two remaining stops left in our journey into all that is great about the Old Fashioned.  Tomorrow, we turn once again to a theSpeakista original.

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