A sweet twist on the classic of leather armchair and smoky back room legend, a Honeyed Old Fashioned is the perfect elixir to begin or complete a festive evening. Click here to shop the outfit & ingredients!
I went for a drop of honey because I like that richer caramel note more than the usual sugar cube, but you can also just use a splash of the syrup from the cherries if that’s more tempting.
While I wouldn’t claim this is an authentic recipe, I would say it’s what you want in your cup when you’re in the mood for a drink that warms you from the inside out, is equal parts playful and sophisticated, and goes down (almost too) easy. Let me know if you try it at home!
NB: While I enjoyed lighting the orange essential oil sprays on fire for our viewing pleasure and for the gentle smoky note it imbues, you get a better punch of fresh orange zing if you spritz it right over top of the finished drink by giving the orange peel a good twist. You could do both.
• To the bottom of a low ball, add up to a teaspoon of honey depending on how sweet you like it. Dissolve with a little splash of warm water (not so hot that it damages your glass). Add a few dashes of orange bitters and angostura bitters and swirl to combine.
•Add ice to the cup and swirl, then add 2oz bourbon of your choosing and one brandied cherry for garnish, a touch of candy sweetness, and good luck (why not).
•Use a paring knife or peeler to skim just the brightest orange part of a fresh orange off in a 1” ribbon. Twist it over the drink to lend a light zing of citrus bite to finish the cocktail before dropping the orange peel into the drink and enjoying. You may also like to use a flame to lightly scorch as I did, but not necessary.