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#DrinkNY: The Old Fashioned

#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. Ingredients: Directions: Mix sugar, water and bitters in a Tom Stoenner 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. Prefer your recipes in hard copy? We created a printable version of The Old Fashioned. Need new cocktail glasses? Don’t forget to serve these up in Tom Stoenner’s hand-blown tumblers, available on the NYSOM Marketplace. [Cocktail recipe courtesy of Drinks Mixer. Photo provided by John Curtin and Matthew Jager of Albany Distilling Company.] With reporting by Audra Herman and Miranda Lanzillotti