New Year’s Eve celebrations are in the works so what better way to ring in the year than with two classic cocktails, the Old Fashioned and Kir Royale.
The Old Fashioned is said to be one of the first “cocktails” dating back to the 1880s. It’s a beautiful bourbon whiskey-based drink but one that all too often bites back. This is an updated version created by Matthew, my favorite son-in-law. He replaced the water in the cocktail with a splash of orange sparkling water and added a touch of grenadine, which is essentially a simple syrup with a pomegranate base. The classic old fashioned includes plain water, an orange slice and a maraschino cherry so the switch Matthew made on the ingredients provides a refreshing update.
Add an orange peel for a touch of fresh citrus plus I had to include the maraschino cherry as a nod to my Grandmother, Grace Pearl!
And for some, it’s just not New Year’s Eve without something bubbly! So why not toast in the New Year with your favorite sparkling wine and a bit of Cassis, that deep luscious blackcurrant liqueur! This cocktail is so easy to make and is perfect for any festive occasion!
Old Fashioned Cocktail
For two cocktails:
2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
6-8 dashes of bitters
1 shot orange sparkling water, about 3 ounces – we use LaCroix
3 shots of good bourbon, about 4-5 ounces or to taste
Splash of grenadine, about 1 teaspoon
Ice for shaking and serving
Orange peel and maraschino cherries for garnish
Muddle the dark brown sugar along with the bitters in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.
Add the sparkling water and muddle together with the brown sugar and bitters until mixed.
Add 1 cup of ice along with the bourbon. Finish with the grenadine and shake until the cocktail is well chilled. Strain into highball glasses preferably over one large ice cube. Garnish with orange peel and a maraschino cherry.
Champagne or Prosecco
Pour 5-6 ounces of Prosecco, champagne or your favorite sparkling wine in a fluted glass.
Top the sparkling wine with 1-2 ounces of cassis.
No need to stir… the bubbling of the wine will mix it nicely! Serve well chilled!
A couple of notes about any sparkling wine. Though it’s fun to hear that loud pop, it’s best to gently release the cork preserving your bubbles in the wine. When pouring, slightly tilt the glass and pour down the inside of the glass to minimize the mound of bubbles billowing to the top.