Sunday, December 23, 2012

Old Fashioned- The New Holiday Tradition

I wish you an Old Fashioned Christmas.  
The kind where kids are good, there are no kitchen mishaps, the decorations stay in place and none of your relatives get out of hand.
Hmmmm.... can't conjure up a holiday memory like that one?
No, me neither.
Maybe, just maybe, that's the best kind.  
Make a round of these pretty little drinks, and give a toast to each other in love and acceptance.
Hold each other tight.
But not too tight... and NO strangle holds either.

I got this recipe from the December Bon Appetit 2012. The article was called Holiday Heirlooms, and I loved that this guy wrote about the Old fashioned cocktail that his dad always made at Christmas.  It's more fruity than the traditional cocktail... I think.  I say that because I had never had a "real" Old Fahioned before.  This was an easy and festive sipping cocktail, and so pretty too!

One NOTE, about the sugar cubes.... most people really don't have sugar cubes hanging around, now do they?  I just skipped them and used a little more grenadine, but a teaspoon of regular sugar, or honey or agave syrup would work too.

Makes 1

2 sugar cubes
4 dashes of Angostura bitters
1 lemon wheel
1 lime wheel
1 orange wheel
1 maraschino cherry
1/2 teaspoon grenadine
2 jiggers bourbon or rye whiskey
Club soda
Ginger ale

Drop sugar cubes in a rocks glass; sprinkle with bitters and add citrus wheels, cherry, and grenadine. Using a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon, mash just to release fruit juices and oils. Add bourbon. Fill glass with ice cubes; stir to combine. Top with equal parts club soda and ginger ale.

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