By now you have all probably figured out that I like a little brown liquor now and again. It’s something I picked up in my mid-to-late thirties (let’s just pretend that was just last year, why don’t we). Before then Jimmy (Beam), Johnny (Walker), Jack (Daniels) and I knew of each other, but weren’t really on speaking terms. My only real exposure to them up until that point had been in college as a shot someone bought me that burned my throat (and had me questioning why anyone would sip the stuff), or as a home remedy my mom would concoct if I was really sick with some sort of head cold as a kid (and even then it was a only tablespoon of the brown stuff, mixed with lots of lemon and honey).
But one day, something happened. I think it’s called: someone made me a cocktail using whiskey the right way and I liked it. Or something like that. And now the brown stuff and I have become friends. I’ve already spoken about how much a love a Sazerac (lots of nostalgia around a trip The Hubbs and I took AND they taste good), but one of my other favs is an Old Fashioned. Mostly because I like all things cherry (remember my grandma’s cake?) and Old Fashioneds have a cherry as a garnish.
Several years ago, I came across a recipe for an Old Fashioned that was a little different from the norm. I pulled the page out of the magazine (yes, it was a Martha Stewart Weddings mag and no, I didn’t have a single prospect at that point for getting married. I just love weddings and looking at the pictures and reading the stories of others that got married. So there. And no, I’m not defensive about it at all, thank you very much!). Last week, I was going through a stack of recipes torn out of magazines (I’m trying to get organized) and found the Old Fashioned recipe. And I decided to give it a go. And it was delish.
Are you ready? Here we go.
- 24 Frozen Sour Cherries
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup whiskey of your choice
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons kirsch
- Thin lemon-zest strips (from 1 lemon)
- Place cherries in a heatproof bowl. Stir water and sugar in small saucepan to dissolve sugar. Bring to a boil, and pour over cherries. Let cool completely. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Drain cherries, reserving syrup. Thread 4 cherries onto each of 6 skewers. Make 3 drinks at a time: Pour 6 tablespoons whiskey, 3 tablespoons kirsch, and 4 1/2 tablespoons reserved syrup in a cocktail shaker filled 3/4 with ice. Shake and pour into chilled glasses. Garnish each with a skewer and 2 to 3 strips lemon zest.
- Repeat for the second batch. (Makes 6)
Happy brown liquoring! And you already know it but. . . you’re welcome.