Dog Days Old Fashioned

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  • Total Time: 3 hrs 10 mins
  • Hands-on Time: 20 mins
  • Makes: 1 cocktail, 3 cups syrup

This spicy and tropical libation is a great introduction to the world of old-fashioned bourbon cocktails. It mixes elements of summer and fall with a heat and smokiness that lingers and plays perfectly against the lime.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CRYSTALLIZED GINGER SIMPLE SYRUP:

    2 cups water

    1 cup Frontier Co-op Crystallized Ginger Slices

    1 1/4 cups Frontier Co-op Cane Sugar

     

    FOR THE MULLED SPICE ICE CUBES:

    2 cups water

    2 tablespoons lemon juice (optional)

    1 1/5 ounces Frontier Co-op Cider Mate Mulling Spice

     

    FOR THE OLD FASHIONED:

    1 1/2 ounces fine bourbon

    1 ounce Crystallized Ginger Simple Syrup

    1 ounce lime zest

    6 dashes Peychaud bitters

    1 tablespoon Frontier Co-op Cane Sugar

    1 tablespoon Frontier Co-op Alder Smoked Salt

Directions

    For the simple syrup:

    1. Combine water and ginger and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 1 hour.

    2. Turn off heat, stir in sugar and let steep for about 1 1/2 hours, until cool.

    3. Strain liquid through a fine mesh sieve or strainer into an airtight, sterile jar.

    4. Store unused syrup in a tightly sealed container for up to 1 month.

     

    For the ice cubes:

    1. In a saucepan, bring water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.

    2. Add lemon juice and mulling spice. Cover and let simmer 10 minutes.

    3. Strain spices, let liquid cool a bit and pour into ice cube trays. Freeze until solid.

     

    For the Old Fashioned:

    1. In a cocktail shaker, mix bourbon, simple syrup (1 ounce), lime zest and bitters. Fill shaker with ice cubes and shake for 30 seconds or until shaker becomes frosty.

    2. Rim an Old Fashioned glass with a wedge of lime. On a medium-size salad plate, mix sugar and smoked salt and gently turn glass in mixture.

    3. Pour contents of shaker into glass, and enjoy!

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