The Weekend Cocktail: An Old Fashioned with a Twist for Father's Day

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My father passed when I was in my early 20’s and not a Fathers Day goes by that I don’t really miss him, yet as my heart still heals and I still have moments where I grieve, I mostly think of all the crazy, fun wonderful memories and the time we spent together sharing many of life’s lessons.

My dad was more of a scotch man, but he did enjoy good bourbon! I am sure he would have truly enjoyed a bottle of Basil Hayden’s Bourbon. This spicy, warm yet super smooth bourbon uses twice as much rye as traditional bourbon. Chicago’s famed mixoligist, Shawn Thompson, created a unique version of the iconic Old Fashioned putting his twist on the cocktail’s traditional ingredients. This recipe combines Demerara sugar with blood orange, a rich Griottine Cherry and spicy Basil Hayden’s, for a refined cocktail bursting with flavor. Add a few dashes of bitters and a splash of soda water and you’ve mixed up an Old Fashioned that will be sure to please your papa! Today I celebrate all fathers and Jack Kenneally I raise my glass to you! Cheers!

You can find the ingredients online: Demerara Sugar , Griottine Cherries and Basil Hayden’s Bourbon:

Old Fashioned

3 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon

4 dashes of Bitters

4 teaspoons Demerara Sugar

1 Blood Orange (or Clementine Orange)

2 Griottine Cherries

Splash of Soda Water

In two rocks glasses, muddle the cherry and blood orange with the skin removed in the sugar. Add bitters and Basil Hayden’s and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Top with a splash of soda water and garnish with a slice of blood orange.

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About Karen Young

Karen Young is the founder of My Daily Find.

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