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Jan 11, 2010 06:02 AM

Old Fashioned with American Honey

I had a drink at a restaurant the other night that they called "The Fall Fashioned." It was an Old Fashioned made with American Honey, Makers Mark, Muddled Orange, Pomegranate and Bitters. Has anyone heard of something like this before? I've been trying to replicate it with limited success but it was one of the best drinks I've ever had the pleasure of drinking.

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  1. Sounds good, if a bit sweet. I wouldn't refer to this as an old fashioned, it may offend the purists. But it sounds like a tasty cocktail for a cold night. I think I'll try one without the fruit.

    1. It's definitely a slightly nouveau twist on a muddled old fashioned. The original old fashioned was created and became popular around 1800-1810. the muddled old fashioned, where fruit is muddled into it was circa 1910-1920. honey probably was used to replace sugar quite often. So the only real new addition is the pomegranate.

      To recreate it I would go with 2 oz makers, 1 tsp honey, two orange slices, three dashes of Angostura bitters, and 1/8-1/4 cup of pomegranate seeds. Muddle orange and pomegranate with the honey, strain into glass, add bitters and MM and stir, add ice and a splash of water or seltzer and stir gently.

      8 Replies
      1. re: JMF

        thanks. i'll give it a try and let you know how it turns out

        1. re: JMF

          Sounds like a lot of pomegranate to me if you want to taste the honey. Having recently made some drinks with fresh pomegranate, they yield a lot of juice.

          1. re: EvergreenDan

            That's why I gave a range of Pomegranate, but thinking on it you may be right. A heaping barspoon would be about the right amount. It was around 2am when I was writing and a bit tired. One medium pomegranate should yield 1/2 to 3/4 cup of whole seed pips or 1/2 cup juice. 1/2 oz of juice seems right for this. In this cocktail you want just a hint of honey, not for it to overwhelm.

            If Ham can name the restaurant I can possibly get their recipe, because there are several cocktails with this name.

          2. re: JMF

            Just to clarify, HamOnMyBones is referring to "American Honey", a bourbon/honey liqueur made by Wild Turkey. So if you meant 1 tsp of actual honey, that's not going to be enough of the liqueur...

            1. re: davis_sq_pro

              Oh, that gross crap! damn lousy product tastes like kerosene. Wild Turkey Rye 101 is good stuff, but that garbage is revolting. Here's what I thought of it several years ago. I threw the bottle out, a first. i usually give away stuff I don't like but I wouldn't wish this on an enemy.

              1. re: JMF

                I don't care for it all that much myself but my wife does so we have a bottle on hand.

                I did make a Kentucky version of a Rusty Nail with it a couple of times. I have finally hit on a nice recipe of 1/3 American Honey and 2/3 Old Overholt. Because the Old Overholt is not as sweet as most bourbons, it works out nicely, IMO. I call it a "Horseshoe Nail" because of the connection of horses and Kentucky.

                1. re: JMF

                  I suppose you can hide its nasty flavor by combining it with a bunch of Maker's Mark and pomegranate (grenadine?). Good way for a bartender to get rid of the bottle without throwing it down the drain? :-)

                  1. re: JMF

                    There are now versions made by Evan Williams and Segrams. The Wild Turkey is the best of the bunch, so you can imagine how bad the others are.