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  1. #11
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    Re: Nasty Old Fashioned!

    Like all good cocktails, a very simple recipe that provides great results.
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    Re: Nasty Old Fashioned!

    Maybe im an idiot, but the last time I muddled something, I was picking bits of a mint leaf out of my teeth for days. Muddled too much?

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    Re: Nasty Old Fashioned!

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianBradford View Post
    Maybe im an idiot, but the last time I muddled something, I was picking bits of a mint leaf out of my teeth for days. Muddled too much?
    Way too much. For mint, as for a julep, you just need to very lightly push the muddler against it to bring out the flavor and aroma. If you pulvarize it, not only will you be picking it out of your teeth, but you can bring out some bitterness as well.

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    Re: Nasty Old Fashioned!

    Well that makes sense now. When someone told me to muddle it, I figured it was to break the leaf down so it would mix with the drink. oh geeze.

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    Cool Re: Nasty Old Fashioned!

    Quote Originally Posted by sku View Post
    Way too much. For mint, as for a julep, you just need to very lightly push the muddler against it to bring out the flavor and aroma. If you pulvarize it, not only will you be picking it out of your teeth, but you can bring out some bitterness as well.
    I had a mojito at one of those street bars on the Miami South Beach, once. It was excellent except for one thing. It had so much pulverised mint leaves, it was almost like eating a salad.

    Well, it was so good that I had several of them and a nasty hangover, the next day.

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    Re: Nasty Old Fashioned!

    The object in a julep is to bruise the mint, not puree it.

    I've taken to making a bouquet garni with mint and dipping in a glass of bourbon repeatedly, then wringing it out like a teabag. No mashing, mucddling frappe'ing, pureeing etc.

    I then add the glass back to make 750ml of bourbon in a litre bottle. QS with simple syrpu to about 900mls.

    Refrigerate overnight. This is sort of the Maker's formula.
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    Re: Nasty Old Fashioned!

    Old Fashioned Shortcut for the hopelessly impatient

    Put sugar cube, bitters and three drops of water in bottom of mixing glass.

    Microwave 10 seconds.

    Proceed.

    Heat releases aromatics from bitters, sugar becomes simple syrup and dissolves instantly.
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    Re: Nasty Old Fashioned!

    mint... gentle.... gentle with that baby.. no pulverizing...

    mint is your friend...
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    Re: Nasty Old Fashioned!

    Ok, stay with me....
    I went out and found a small bottle of bitters so I could try to make my own Old Fashioned. When I got home I realized I still was missing 3 crucial ingrediants. Oranges, Cherries, and Club Soda. I thaught, eh, i'll just find what I have around the house and use it and see how bad it is. Oh boy. I used this "poor mans" old fashioned recipe...

    1 teaspoon sugar
    Few shakes of Angostura bitters
    2 or 3 tablespoons club soda
    1 maraschino cherry and a little of its cherry juice
    1/4 unpeeled orange, divided into 2 pieces
    2oz.bourbon
    ice cubes
    How to make it
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    Add sugar to old fashioned glass.
    Shake in the angostura bitters.
    Add the club soda.
    Mix well with spoon.
    Add cherry and juice.
    Squeeze 1 orange piece into glass.
    Discard peel.
    Squeeze second orange piece into glass and drop squeezed
    orange into the glass.
    Add Bourbon
    Stir and add ice cubes.

    This is what I did....

    1 teaspoon of sugar
    few dashes of bitters
    3 tablespoons of bottled water (not carbonated)
    A small amount of cherry lemonade
    1 tablespoon of roses lime juice
    2 oz. of Evan Williams black
    Added ice.

    Its not undrinkable, but it puts me in this determined mood to make my own version of this drink I crave.

    I appologize to the purists that hate when an old recipe gets altered. I am merely customizing a classic to suit my adolescent taste. And working with a small budget and a poorly stocked bar.

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    Re: Nasty Old Fashioned!

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianBradford View Post
    I appologize to the purists that hate when an old recipe gets altered. I am merely customizing a classic to suit my adolescent taste. And working with a small budget and a poorly stocked bar.
    no apology needed.

    One of the funny things I read about of this drink and it's history as Ted Haigh (Dr. Cocktail), has mentioned:

    "This is a drink that causes a lot fights among many people."

    If you like it that way, it's yours enjoy, nobody here is to tell you you're
    wrong.

    I dig McMillan's version ... a lot. Sometimes I'll throw in a hard core cherry.
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