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 cocktail enthusiast who spends her time thinking about cocktails, researching cocktails and making cocktails. Mostly whiskey cocktails, given her Kentucky location.