One of my favorite things to do is just create a riff on an Old Fashioned on the fly. I'm a big fan of porters and stouts and I love that deep, bitter coffee taste - it almost tastes ashy. But I had a request to make an old fashioned with an orange flair. So I added some vanilla coffee syrup I'd found out at a farmer's market. This is one of my top five cocktails I've ever put together. It's simple, balanced and intriguing.
2 oz New Riff rye
0.5 Solera blood orange liqueur
0.5 German vanilla coffee syrup
1 dropper coffee pecan bitters
Garnish - cherry and orange twist
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir until well-chilled and pour into a rocks glass filled with large ice cubes. Garnish with a cherry, and/or twist. Cheers!
Heather Wibbels is a whiskey enthusiast (Executive Bourbon Steward, no less) with a passion for cocktails. She loves researching cocktails, making cocktails and drinking cocktails. Mostly whiskey cocktails, given her Kentucky location. For more information about her favorite whiskey group, head over to Bourbon Women and join the women's whiskey revolution!