Every girl needs a signature drink.
It needs to be something you order when you don’t know what to order, something you know you like and likes you back, and something that isn’t too complicated. The guy working the bar at your local dive probably doesn’t want to make something that involves dry ice, no matter how cool it looks. Personally, I love anything with whiskey or bourbon, and having recently moved to Kentucky, I’m trying to learn the differences between the two. It has to do with the way the liquor is made. Here is a handy little infographic explaining the process and details.
If I’m in a crowded bar, I’ll usually just shout “Jack and Coke” over the 27 people in front of me and hope for the best. However, if I’m in a more chill restaurant or bar, more my speed anyway, I pretty much always go for an Old Fashioned. I make these at home on the weekends, and once you’ve made them as many times as I have, it’s fun to start playing around with ingredients.
Here is an easy swap to make the drink a little more special.
BLOOD ORANGE OLD FASHIONED
2 oz bourbon
3 dashes Angostura bitters
1 tsp sugar
splash of water
1 maraschino cherry (or dark red cherry, like what I used)
2 slices blood orange
Add sugar, water and bitters to a glass and stir until the sugar dissolves. Add 1 blood orange slice and the cherry into the glass and muddle it all together. Fill glass with ice, top with bourbon and stir to combine. Garnish with the other slice of blood orange.
This cocktail gets a bad reputation some time. Mad Men is probably to blame. You know there was an influx of retro drink orders in bars across America once Mad Men first aired, and I’m just as guilty as the next girl for rifling around my favorite thrift shops for midcentury accessories. But I genuinely love Old Fashioneds, and if we’re being totally honest, anything midcentury. I mean, I did have a “Mad Women” themed bachelorette party. I like what I like, and that’s that.
Making cocktails is so much fun because you can mix things up with what you have. Like with any kitchen adventure, it’s best to not be afraid of trying out new things and just seeing what happens! That’s the fun of it.
What is your signature drink? Do you still need to find yours? Check out my Pinterest board of drinks!