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The Taft Blog

Apartment Bartender: A Guest Post by Elliott Clark

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As a full time content creator in the spirits industry, I live my life on the go. In my opinion, we should all have a few classic cocktail recipes up our sleeve to help us unwind from a long day or week of travel. For me, an old fashioned cocktail does the trick. 
 
A classic old fashioned recipe incorporates bourbon whiskey or rye, simple syrup, and bitters. I like to substitute the bourbon for brandy or cognac (a spirit distilled from fermented fruit juice). This switch softens up the drink, and adds a bit more depth. 
 
See my go-to old fashioned recipe below:
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BRANDY OLD FASHIONED
2 ounces Brandy (or Cognac) - (we used BERTOUX Brandy)
1/4 oz Demerara Syrup
Dash of Angostura Bitters
Dash of Orange Bitters
Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass, and fill with ice. Stir to chill the drink, and strain it into a rocks glass over a large cube of ice. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.