I do not feel very creative today, so I am just going to make something brainless for dinner. That would be a simple breakfast. Scrambled eggs with Tillamook sharp cheddar, link sausages, biscuits made with Pioneer baking mix, and fresh raspberries.
I want to at least add a recipe today, so I am going to provide a recipe for a Manhattan cocktail. I have been drinking a lot of rum over the summer and having been thinking about autumn drinks. Drinking in the fall reminds me of whiskies. I guess I associate the smokiness of the taste with burning leaves. Of course no one burns leaves anymore, that would be dangerous. But when I was growing up, everyone burned their leaves after raking them into a pile. The fall air was filled with the smell of burning leaves, and that reminds me of bourbon. I like the taste of a manhattan cocktail as it showcases the taste of the whiskey while giving it a zing of citrus and a touch of sweetness. Below is master mixologist Dale DeGroff’s take on this classic cocktail.
Bourbon Old Fashioned
by Dale DeGroff
- 4 dashes Angostura Bitters
- 1 tsp Sugar (or 2 sugar cubes)
- 1 Orange wheel
- 1 Maraschino cherry
- Splash Club soda
- 2 ounces Bourbon
- Garnish: Fresh orange wheel and cherry
- Glass: Old Fashioned
- In an Old Fashioned glass, muddle the bitters, sugar, orange wheel, cherry and a splash of soda.
- Remove the orange rind, add the bourbon and fill with ice.
- Garnish with a fresh orange wheel and cherry.
Dale DeGroff says, “Old Fashioned drinkers are divided on the question of muddling the fruit. I like the muddled version. To prepare the traditional version, muddle only the sugar, bitters and splash of soda but keep the fruit garnishes.”