#NYSOM Happy Hour: We’re counting down to the October 1 launch of our online Magazine and ending each work week with a New York State-inspired cocktail. On deck this week? The Old Fashioned, in honor of Western New York.
“The Old Fashioned”
Buffalo native, and friend of NYSOM, Bobby Finan tells us there’s no drink that better celebrates the spirit of Western New York than the Old Fashioned. “The bourbon is representative of Buffalo's Americana feel, and the color reminds you of the rust belt,” says Finan, who is now an assistant distiller at Cooperstown Distillery in Central New York. “The bitters, sugar, cherry and orange are all the surprises you find under that rust color.” We couldn’t agree more with Bobby. The bitters and bourbon, maraschino cherries, plus that great grenadine (of our childhood favorite, Shirley Temples) and orange slices make for an ever-so-slightly bittersweet welcome to autumn — and a time to celebrate Buffalo’s rise from its rust belt past.
- 2 oz. bourbon whiskey (We recommend Albany Distilling’s Ironweed Bourbon Whiskey for its New York DNA and its craft spirit).
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 1 splash water
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1 maraschino cherry
- 1 orange wedge
Mix sugar, water and bitters in a cocktail glass. Drop in a cherry and an orange wedge. Muddle (i.e. mash) into a paste using a muddler or the back end of a spoon. Pour in bourbon, fill with ice cubes and stir.
Need new cocktail glasses? Serve these up in Tom Stoenner’s hand-blown tumblers, available on the NYSOM Marketplace.
[Cocktail recipe courtesy of Drinks Mixer.]
With reporting by Audra Herman and Miranda Lanzillotti