Happy Friday! I'm very happy to share a delicious cocktail with you today that is absolutely perfect for sipping on a cold winters day. The Old Fashioned, in addition to being one of my favorite cocktails, is such a comforting winter drink and this recipe bears many resemblances to that classic, but with a Canadian twist. I came across this drink in the book Cocktails for the Holidays by the editors of Imbibe Magazine. With a few tweaks to that recipe I found cocktail perfection- a warming cocktail that's both spicy and sweet. I think you'll find it's the perfect winter drink- and great for parties too as it comes together rather quickly after a little pre-prepping. Enjoy!
Winter Warmer Cocktail
1 piece of orange peel (about 1"x2")
1slice of apple, plus extra for garnish
3/4 oz. Apple Pear Walnut syrup (see recipe below)
2-3 dashes of Fee Brother's Black Walnut bitters
2 oz. of Canadian whisky (I used Pike Creek)
Place the orange peel and apple slice in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add the bitters and syrup and muddle together. Add the whisky and a few ice cubes and stir until the drink is well blended. Strain this combination over ice (preferably 1 or 2 large cubes) into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with apple slices if you'd like and drink up!
Apple Pear Walnut Syrup
Makes 1 cup or enough for approximately 8 cocktails.
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 of an apple, peeled and diced
1/4 of a pear, peeled and diced
6 walnut halves
1-2 cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces
3-4 whole cloves
1 whole nutmeg
1 tsp orange zest
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to simmer, stirring regularly until all the sugar dissolves. Let simmer for 10 to 20 minutes until the fruit is nice and soft. Remove from heat and let cool. Using a fine mesh strainer remove all of the fruit, nuts, and spices and transfer the syrup to a clean glass jar. The syrup will last up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Keep the fruit and nuts for a delicious topping to oatmeal or french toast!
(adapted from Dave Mitton's recipe from Cocktails for the Holidays)
I hope you like this cocktail as much as I do! Have a great weekend!