Dog Days Old Fashioned

Dog Days Old Fashioned

Total Time: 03h 10m
Hands-on Time: 00h 20m
Makes: 1 serving

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.

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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!