This month Sass and Gin challenged us to explore another classic cocktail: The Old Fashioned. In fact, this is likely the genesis of the cocktail.
Sugar, water, bitters, whisky form the basis of this delicious beverage. And while Mad Men made it cool again, the challenge was to make it our own. Around here that means shrub.
So, we swapped out the sugar cube and water in the classic for a sweet Honeyed Plum shrub. I wanted to double down on both the plum and honey flavors, so the glass got a honey liqueur rinse. This particular liqueur is honey and herbs, which added some really nice smells to the glass. Then a solid dose of aged rum and several splashes of plum bitters.
Rinse an Old Fashioned glass with the honey liqueur and place 1 ice cube in the glass. Add all the other ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into prepared glass.
This one really packs a sweet honey punch, but the bitters and the vinegar in the shrub keep it from being cloying. The herbal and anise notes added something special to the experience, and I’m really pleased with how this came out.
A quick note on the name: since we used a Mesoamerican spirit in the drink, I named it after the dualistic creator diety of the Aztec.