I’ve been really into Bourbon cocktails lately, but a traditional Old Fashioned feels a little heavy for the warmer weather that we are lucky enough to be enjoying right now. For a summer bourbon cocktail I wanted to add some fresh, seasonal flavors. This Old Fashioned riff is refreshing enough for sipping on the back porch on a hot day.
I love using Elijah Craig Bourbon for mixing in a cocktail, unlike some bourbons it can stand up with the other flavors. Instead of adding sugar or simple syrup to this drink I used the Cointreau to add some sweetness and orange flavor, while maintaining the mouth feel. The addition of the Dry Vermouth gives a herbaceous flavor and a helps create a smoother cocktail.
Not Another Old Fashioned
1.5 oz. Elijah Craig Bourbon
0.5 oz. Cointreau
0.5 oz. Dolin Dry Vermouth
2-3 dashes Fee Brothers Indian Orange Bitters
Combine all ingredients in a mixing cup and stir until chilled and slightly diluted. Strain into a low ball glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a sprig of orange tree.