As Houston bartender Akiko Hagio demonstrates in this episode of Old Forester's Cocktail Chronicles, you can surround Old Forester bourbon with lots of exotic flavors, but it still emerges as the star.
She combines such tropical-sounding ingredients as Okinawan black sugar and Aphrodite bitters (which contains cacao nib and ginger) with the bourbon to create an old fashioned that is instantly warming.
Follow her lead for a cocktail that's as adventurous as it is familiar.
Pacific Love old fashioned
Yields 1 drink
2 ounces Old Forester 1870 Bourbon Whisky
1 teaspoon Okinawan black sugar
1 ounce barley tea
1 dash Aphrodite bitters
1 fresh orange
Put the black sugar in a glass and melt it down with the hot tea. Add bourbon, bitters, and ice, then stir.
Garnish with an orange peel.
Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky, 43-50% Alc. by Volume, Brown-Forman Distillers Company, Louisville, KY.
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