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Thursday, November 20, 2014

I'm Old Fashioned and I Don't Mind It

I had to make a behemoth one of these when I got home. The lemon and the lime are from the backyard. The orange is from a tree on the alley down the street. The maraschino cherry and the bourbon and the bitters and the sugar and the ice are from Gelson's. The glass is from CB2. The Tarot is from Skylight books. The fabric is from Indonesia. The coaster is from Vietnam. The table is from DWR. And the sunlight is from Apollo or God--nobody in particular took credit to-day.

The bourbon – it could be any north of Beam.  Well, let's admit it: it's Eagle Rare.

Start with a shaker. About half a teaspoon of sugar and some Angostura Bitters and a splash of club soda.  Muddle until the sugar is paste or dissolved – I hope you didn't put too much club soda in.  Rocks into the shaker and pour barely enough whiskey to make you concerned for yourself or your guest.  Shake once for every year of age of the drinker.

Now, strain into a chilled old fashioned glass over more rocks.  Garnish with small wedges of lime, lemon, orange, and a maraschino cherry.  Oh, go ahead and pour just a little of the cherry juice into the drink.  I doubt you're going to be able to make it to the coaster before sipping.