This aptly named Old Fashioned recipe by Tad Carducci comes from his time at Brooklyn’s (now closed) Bar Celona. Carducci builds the drink on a base of unaged whiskey to highlight the characteristics of the raw spirit, adding tangy grapefruit and cherries for complexity.
2 oz. white whiskey (Carducci uses Death’s Door) ½ oz. simple syrup 2 dashes Angostura bitters 2 brandied cherries 1 white grapefruit wedge Tools: muddler, mixing glass, bar spoon, strainer Glass: Old Fashioned Garnish: brandied cherries
Muddle 2 brandied cherries with a wedge of white grapefruit in a heavy-bottomed Old Fashioned glass. Remove the grapefruit wedge for easier drinking. In the glass, add whiskey, simple syrup, Angostura bitters and a large chunk of ice and stir to chill. Garnish.
Story: Imbibe; Photo by Daniel Krieger; This recipe is featured in Robert Simonson’s The Old-Fashioned, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.