Make a DSH Old Fashioned!

Make a DSH Old Fashioned!

Here’s the recipe for my famous Old Fashioned that I revealed recently on THE HAPPY HOUR / SIGNATURE COCKTAIL SHOW recently.

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Ingredients you’ll need:

  • Rye Whiskey (any whiskey will do, rye is spicier and will cut through the sauce. Bourbon is sweeter and will roll through the sauce).
  • Brown Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Bitters – stick with regular, or if you must go with an orange.
  • Cardamon
  • Dark cherries
  • Orange
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Kitchenware you’ll need:

  • A small pot to boil water.
  • A decent whiskey glass — preferably a WT glass. Or a Blade Runner glass. You’re classy. Act like it. 
  • Big ice cube.
  • Some small ice cubes, if time is a factor.
  • Paring knife.
  • Cutting board.
  • Olive Oil bottle with pour tip for storage.
  • Wooden spoon.

The trick is in the simple syrup.


Two Tit Glasses are Better Than One

Now to make a cocktail with DSH

1:1 brown sugar and water. A cup of each is my usual size. A little less on the water, if you can’t wait for it to cool. Cuz then you can add ice without fear of watering it down.

Get the pot of water boiling.  Slowly stir in brown sugar. Bring back up to a boil. Add two slices of orange peel to the water. Make sure the sugar dissolves completely. Let simmer. Use intuition here.

Add a splash of vanilla extract. (For the show I used actual vanilla extract, not vanilla flavoring. It’s much more potent. I would suggest 1/2 teaspoon. Maybe a bit more. Add a few dashes of bitters here, if you want an all-in-one (or save for final ingredient). Sprinkle in Cardamon. Liberally. NOTE: This will not dissolve completely so don’t sweat it.

Let it simmer for a bit. Use the Force. Taste the wooden spoon occasionally. Don’t let anyone see you do this.

I prefer my taste profile to be cardamon forward, vanilla underneath, and notes of orange.

Take the pot off the heat. If you don’t want to wait for it to cool, throw in a couple smaller ice cubes. Stir.

Transfer the simple syrup to a measuring glass and carefully pour it into a skinny oil oil bottle and replace it with a bar pour tip spout thingy. If you feel like it, cram the boiled orange peel into the olive oil bottle. I find a pinky finger works best.

Pour two shots rye into the glass. Give the syrup bottle a quick swirl to mix the cardamon. Pour 1/2 – 3/4 quarters shot the simple syrup.  Sweetness is to taste. Add big cube. Stir. Drop in two dark cherries. Add an orange twist after you wipe the rim with it.

Careful. These go down way too smoothly.



Here’s another drink recipe of mine.

Here’s my book.

Here’s a cool review of my book (not Kirkus).