The onset of Autumn means the welcome return of Old Fashioned Week (1st November – 10th November). We hope these delicious recipes inspire you to get creative and have a go at creating this classic cocktail:
Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky – this award winning English single malt whisky adds a twist to the classic recipe which is simplicity in a glass. With delicious notes of sweet malted barley, hints of caramel and overtones of toasted butterscotch, with a marmalade finish – delicious:
Ingredients: 60ml Cotswolds Distillery Single Malt Whisky, 10ml maple syrup and 2 dashes Aromatic Bitters
Method: dissolve the whisky and maple syrup in a cocktail jar or glass. Add ice and stir continuously for dilution. Add the bitters, more ice and stir a few more times. Strain into an ice filled rocks glass, express orange peel around the glass. Garnish with the orange peel and serve.
Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky: RRP: £39 for 700 ml. ABV 46%. Available from: Sainsburys, waitrose.com, majestic.co.uk, thewhiskyexchange.com, Harrods, Laithwaites and cotswoldsdistillery.com
Rampur Double Cask Indian Single Malt WhiskyGolden Old Fashioned – add an Indian touch to your Old Fashioned with this stunning subtly spiced recipe created by @Mix.Mann which includes Cumin, Star Anise, Orange Peel and Demerara Sugar. The addition of Black Pepper Cardamom Bitters adds further spice.
Cumin Anise Syrup ingredients:
half teaspoon Cumin Seeds (place in palm of hand, use your other thumb to apply pressure whilst rubbing the seeds, this opens them up releasing the delicious aromas),
2 pods/points from a Star Anise,
Orange Peel from 1 x Orange (remove as much pith as possible),
200ml Demerara Sugar.
Method: add all the ingredients to a saucepan. Gently bring to the boil, stir occasionally and simmer for 6-7 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to infuse for 30 minutes. Strain into a clean jar to remove the spices and peels. Store in the fridge.
Rampur Golden Old Fashioned ingredients:
60ml Rampur Double Cask Single Malt Whisky, 10ml Cumin Anise Syrup,
1 x dash Ms Betters Bitters Black Pepper Cardamom Bitters
Garnish with dehydrated orange wheel, STARLINO Maraschino Cherry and Star Anise
Method: add all the ingredients to a mixing glass half filled with ice. Stir for 30 seconds, add more ice and stir again for 30-40 seconds. Strain into a glass over a rocks glass filled with ice and garnish.
Rampur Double Cask Single Malt Whisky: RRP: £60 for a 70cl bottle 45% ABVAvailable from: www.thewhiskyexchange.com and www.masterofmalt.com
Storywood Tequila – why not add a twist to the cocktail and create an Old Fashioned with a whisky aged Tequila – Storywood Speyside 14 Añejo
Ingredients: 50ml Storywood Speyside 14 Añejo, 10ml agave syrup, 2 dashes of bitters and dehydrated orange wheel.
Method: Stir half the tequila with three cubes of ice in a glass. Add agave syrup, bitters and two more ice cubes, before stirring again. Add the rest of the tequila before stirring once more. Add more ice cubes, if there is room, and garnish with a dehydrated orange wheel.
Storywood Tequila Speyside 14 Añejo. RRP: £47.45 for a 700ml bottle. ABV: 40% available from: amazon.co.uk and proofdrinks.com
J&B Rare –create your Old Fashioned with a blended whisky #theunexpectedwhisky. J&B Rare was created in the 1930’s and is distilled, blended and bottled in Scotland
Ingredients: 50ml J&B Rare, 1 x sugar cube, 2 x dashes of Angostura Bitters and orange zest to garnish
Method: stir all the ingredients in a rocks glass, adding ice as you go along. Garnish with orange zest and STARLINO Maraschino Cherries
J&B Rare RRP: £22.50 for a 70cl bottle. ABV 40% available from: Waitrose, thewhiskyexchange.com, masterofmalt.com and Justerini & Brooks.
Hotel STARLINO Maraschino Cherries would add the final flourish to an Old Fashioned Cocktail. Hailing from San Gennaro, Vesuviano, close to Naples, these cherries are moreish and a delicious addition to the classic cocktail:
Hotel STARLINO Maraschino Cherries are available from: Amazon, Master of Malt and Proof Drinks
RRP: £10 for a 400g jar and £20 for a 1kg tin