My husband, Garrett, has recently been very into cocktails. He’s learning how to make all the best ones, and it has been the greatest thing ever. Since you need fancy tools to whip up the expert-level cocktails, we now have a cocktail shaker, a strainer, round ice cube molds, fancy glasses… the works. I can’t say I mind. I loooooove a good cocktail.
I’ve never been super into bourbon, but we recently visited the BourbonTrail in Kentucky, and since then, I’ve been more intrigued. We hand-dipped our own Makers Marks bottle, and naturally, that bourbon now tastes the best to me. I was actually surprised by how much I like bourbon cocktails. Especially Old Fashioneds. Garrett has been making Old Fashioneds fairly regularly and the more I drink them, the more I like them. Funny how that works…
I like the classic Old Fashioned, but since it’s the holiday season, I wanted a more holiday-esque version of the drink. I made this one with cinnamon simple syrup and added a cinnamon stick to it. You can also coat the rim in cinnamon sugar if you’re feeling particularly festive. I have to say, I’m a sucker for anything with cinnamon in it (Fireball, anyone?).
This Old Fashioned feels very woodsy to me. I feel like I need to be drinking it outside by a campfire. It pairs especially well with the Conway Dark Sandlewood & Burgundy wood watch from JORD Wood Watches. I must admit, I was hesitant to partner with a watch company given that my blog is food focused, but you guys, these watches are so cool. I wouldn’t promote something I didn’t try & love myself. We ordered this particular watch for Garrett (Merry Christmas!), and it was prettier than I expected. Not too pretty for him, but I could definitely wear it too. There is a great selection of men’s watches, but this is the one that suited him (and me) best. If he finds any links missing later on, he’ll know why… They have women’s watches as well, and I have a feeling I know what I’ll be getting from Santa in a week or so….
The whole style & presentation of the watch is immaculate. The watch arrived in a beautiful wooden box, and it came with everything you need to keep the wood in pristine shape.
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Hope you all have the coziest holidays and stay warm (this cocktail will help!).
Holiday Old Fashioned
- 2 oz bourbon
- 1 tsp cinnamon simple syrup
- 2 dashes bitters
- 1 orange peel slice
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Pour 2 oz of bourbon in to a glass filled with ice (or one large ice ball).
- Add 1 tsp cinnamon simple syrup (recipe below).
- Add 2 dashes of bitters.
- Garnish with orange peel & cinnamon stick.
- For the cinnamon simple syrup, bring 1 cup water & three cinnamon sticks to a boil in a small sauce pan.
- Lower the heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove the cinnamon sticks.
- Bring the water back to a boil, and add 3/4 c sugar.
- Stir until the sugar has dissolved.
- Remove from heat and allow the syrup to cool before using or storing.
The simple syrup can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge.
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches. All opinions are my own.