An Old Fashioned is one of my favorite cocktails. As they say, you can’t go wrong with the classics.
But there’s certainly nothing wrong with adding a little twist to the classics every now and again.
A local restaurant serves a phantom Old Fashioned, replacing the typical bourbon with moonshine. The cocktail is clear, but the flavors are the same as with a traditional Old Fashioned recipe.
This is definitely one you’ll want to try at home.
If you have friends who love classic cocktails or bourbon, hand them one of these. Then sit back and watch as they figure out that they’re not drinking vodka, gin or rum but rather, white lighting!
I enlisted the help of fellow blogger D. Durand Worthey from This Worthey Life to create a make-at-home version of The Traveled Farmer’s moonshine Old Fashioned recipe.
It is amazing!
First gather up your ingredients:
- moonshine whiskey
- homemade spiced simple syrup
- cherry bitters
- orange bitters
- orange wheel
- stemmed cherry
And your equipment:
The homemade spiced simple syrup, which is made with raw cane sugar, cloves, cinnamon, allspice, star anise and orange zest, is key to this cocktail’s Old Fashioned flavor.
To make it, you’ll need to dissolve the sugar in boiling water with the spices and steep, and then strain the mixture through a fine sieve. (You’ll find the exact recipe below.)
Refrigerated, the simple syrup should last for 2 weeks to a month.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup raw cane sugar
- 1 pinch ground cloves
- 1 pinch ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch ground allspice
- 1 star anise
- 2 slivers of orange zest
- In a small saucepan over medium-high heat add water, raw cane sugar, ground cloves, cinnamon, allspice, star anise, and orange zest.
- The water will initially appear cloudy, but it will become clear as the sugar dissolves.
- When the mixture begins to boil, remove the saucepan from direct heat.
- Cover the saucepan with a tight-fitting lid and allow the syrup to steep for five minutes.
- Strain the syrup through a fine sieve.
- Store the spiced simple syrup in an air-tight container and keep refrigerated.
Now, let’s mix up a Moonshine Old Fashioned using that delicious spiced simple syrup.
- 2 ounces moonshine whiskey
- 1 ounce spiced simple syrup
- 3 dashes cherry bitters
- 1-2 dashes angostura orange bitters
- 1 Tablespoon water
- orange wheel
- stemmed cherry
- Into a cocktail shaker, add one cup of ice.
- Add moonshine whiskey, spiced simple syrup, cherry and orange bitters, and water.
- Mix ingredients with a long-handled cocktail spoon thoroughly for 25 turns.
- Strain into a standard rocks glass over a large cube or sphere of ice.
- Garnish with an orange wheel and a stemmed cherry.
- Serve and enjoy.
The local restaurant that inspired this moonshine Old Fashioned recipe serves theirs with a block of completely clear ice. The clear ice in the clear moonshine looks amazing, but it’s a somewhat involved process that you may not want to tackle at home.
Drink responsibly, and never drink and drive.
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