Oh hey, climate. You’ve changed. By this time any other year, I wouldn’t still be waiting to do that thing I do where I scurry from my car to the front door in a snowstorm with my shoulders hunched and head down to start the quickest change into sweats and fuzzy slippers that is humanly possible. I don’t do many things quickly, but the race to get cozy is no joke–sometimes my head emerges from the inside of my hoodie still covered with (melting, but still) snowflakes. I’m still waiting for this to become an Olympic event.
The second phase of this isn’t quite so hectic–I light a fire and make/pour myself a drink (just like any Olympic hopeful would). Whiskey has really grown on me; it’s warm and woodsy, right at home next to the fireplace.
Bitters, sugar and a muddled orange slice, along with perhaps a cherry or two, dress bourbon up just enough to make it special. So there’s your classic, iconic Old Fashioned cocktail. In this case, I took it just a bit further with some seasonal flair (what an awful word)–a light hint of spicy cinnamon and tart, bright pomegranate. It’s subtle, special and pretty.
So, I savored this by the fireplace as the snowfall we were supposed to have disappeared from the forecast (yeah, I was totally checking). Weather… It can and does disappoint, but this cocktail would never do such a thing.
Pomegranate Cinnamon Old-Fashioned
(inspired by and adapted from The Boozy Baker)
1 orange slice
1 tbsp or so fresh pomegranate seeds
1-2 brandied or Maraschino cherries
1 tsp-1 tbsp sugar
A few dashes Angostura bitters
2-3 oz bourbon
1 cinnamon stick
Muddle the sugar and bitters in a lowball glass. Add orange, pomegranate seeds and cherry (or cherries), and muddle again. Fill glass with ice and bourbon. Stir and garnish with a cinnamon stick.