Unlike people who actually make money on their blogs, I don’t have an editorial calendar, and I don’t really work ahead. In fact, last Thursday, I was just wandering around the grocery store, waiting for something to inspire my Friday cocktail. It turned out to be a two-pack of vanilla beans for 14 fucking dollars. I decided right then and there I’d make a vanilla Old Fashioned, since Vanilla is perfect with both orange and bourbon. And I figured now’s the time since winter is almost over. (I also thought it was a pretty unique idea — that is until I got home and googled it just not make sure. Nope. Not unique at all. Oh, well.)
Anyway, Friday turned into a long day of taking pictures for people who do pay me, and I saved my cocktail for last. I just couldn’t get a picture I liked. So, I said “fuck it” and posted a ridiculous shot to Instagram with a promise that the recipe would follow soon. I mean, since nobody is paying me I can skip a week whenever I damn well please, thank you very much.
But, I like to keep my promises, so here’s my recipe for a Vanilla Old Fashioned. The thing that sets mine apart from the variations I found online is Licor 43, a sweet Spanish liqueur with notes of citrus and vanilla. I first tried to make a pretty standard Old Fashioned and add a quarter teaspoon of Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla extract, but that just wasn’t doing it for me. Then I remembered I had a bottle of Licor 43 on my bar. I bought it thinking I’d use it around the holidays but it never quite worked in anything I was making. Well, it fucking works for this. Get it.
Vanilla Old Fashioned
¼ ounce simple syrup
4 dashes orange bitters
2 ounces bourbon
¼ teaspoon good vanilla extract (not that cheap shit)
½ ounce Licor 43
Orange twist or vanilla bean, for garnish
Add the simple syrup, bitters, bourbon, vanilla extract, and Licor 43 to a mixing glass with a handful of ice. Stir and strain into an Old Fashioned glass. Add one large ice cube (or another handful of ice). Garnish with an orange twist or vanilla bean and enjoy!
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