7 Aug 2015
Drinks - Lifestyle
There comes a point in some bartenders lives when they begin to question and challenge the way a cocktail could taste. With the staggering rise of cocktails in Toronto we are seeing them on many menus and in many forms. I was doing a house party a few months back, and the client said he & his friends liked Old Fashioneds. This came as no shock to me, because nowadays everyone drinks Old Fashioneds. So when I told the client that I wanted to raise the bar and smoke his Old Fashioneds, he was intrigued and wanted to hear other ways we could make his cocktails special. I broke down a few other ways, but the smoking idea stuck.
So I went out and bought a culinary smoking gun that came with applewood & hickory wood chips. I brought the gun to the house party and smoked each cocktail individually. The next week a guest said he needed this service for his party. Only his party was 200 people, it was for his office staff. After very little convincing, I Pre batched 4L of the cocktail and smoked it for a little while. Everyone took cabs home that night.
Old Fashioned Ingredients
Instructions: Place the sugar cube (or 1/2 teaspoon loose sugar) in an Old-Fashioned glass. Wet it down with 2 or 3 dashes of your bitters. Crush the sugar with a wooden muddler, chopstick, strong spoon, lipstick, cartridge case, whatever. Rotate the glass so that the sugar grains and bitters give it a lining. Add a large ice cube. Pour in the bourbon. Serve with a stirring rod.
Rob Granicolo

Rob Granicolo

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