According to Jon Gasparini, owner of one of San Francisco’s most iconic cocktail bars, Rye, “The old-fashioned is the most perfect Thanksgiving beverage. It’s super boozy, which makes dealing with family that much easier.” As I love an old-fashioned, I couldn’t agree more. Serving old-fashioneds on turkey day will also loosen up your guests and get the conversation flowing. To give the classic cocktail a little fall flavor, Gasparini recommends using a teaspoon of pumpkin spice black-tea syrup instead of regular simple syrup. A couple of dashes of apple bitters adds even more depth of flavor. Ready to give thanks? Raise your glass with Gasparini’s recipe for an old-fashioned Thanksgiving below.
2 ounces rye
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice black-tea syrup, recipe below
2 dashes apple bitters
1 dash Angostura bitters
Place all of the ingredients in a tumbler. Add a hand-cut ice cube; stir to chill the drink. Garnish with orange zest.
Pumpkin spice simple syrup ingredients:
2 parts organic cane sugar
1 part strong tea (Recommended: The Republic of Tea's Pumpkin Spice)
One tea ball for every 6 ounces water
Bring ingredients to a boil and serve.
The perfect rye for this recipe is Wild Turkey.
Do you enjoy old-fashioneds?