Sweet drinks can pack a punch, as local bartender Amber Wims demonstrates with her take on the old fashioned.
Using higher-proof liquor accentuates the smoothness of the bourbon and rye, while the orange, cloves, and anise provide a sweetness that's balanced by the smoke and fire of the preparation.
Watch the video and then (safely) stir up a glass of your own with the recipe below.
Clove & Anise Old Fashioned
Yields 1 drink
1 ounce Old Forester 1897 Bourbon Whisky
1 ounce Woodford Reserve Rye
0.5 ounces clove and anise simple syrup
4 dashes orange bitters
4 dashes angostura bitters
1 fresh orange
Cloves for garnish
Combine the whisky, rye, simple syrup, and bitters in a large mixing glass and set aside.
Set the cocktail glass on fire, then squeeze an orange peel on top (yes, there will be flame bursts!).
Strain the mixture over a large-format ice cube in a rocks glass. Stud another orange peel with cloves and flame it to release the smokey flavor of the cloves.
Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky, 43-50% Alc. by Volume, Brown-Forman Distillers Company, Louisville, KY.
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