I’m a tremendous fan of batching cocktails. Whenever I have friends over I typically whip up a few cocktail options in large form before they arrive. Having a pitcher of margaritas is a ton easier than making them individually, after all, and whatever doesn’t get consumed can be thrown in the fridge for my own personal consumption after work the week afterward.
For Christmas this year I received one of those cocktail kits from a friend. You know, the ones that have all the ingredients to make some ridiculously complex drink in the comfort of your own home. I’m more a 3-ingredient cocktail kind of girl, but the one I received made a particularly interesting suggestion: Mixing an Old Fashioned in the bottle. What?
I had some friends over, followed the instructions, and was super impressed with the result. It’s not an innovative recipe, the Old Fashioned is one of the most basic cocktails out there, but I’d never heard of mixing one up physically in the whisky bottle. Genius.
I made mine with Monkey Shoulder, but you can use any whiskey you like. I’m personally a big fan of Maker’s Mark for an Old Fashioned but Bulleit Rye is a solid choice as well.
With a standard 750ml bottle you’ll need to pour out 4 ounces of whisky. We used that 4 ounces to make Hot Toddies for some friends who were under the weather, but you could also reserve it to make a few Old Fashioneds on their own. The goal here is just to make space in the bottle.
Once you’ve removed four ounces of whisky, you’ll replace that whisky with 3 ounces of simple syrup (essentially sugar water — here’s how to make it) and 1 ounce of bitters (I recommend Angostura, but again, use your own fave).
Once everything is in the bottle, give it a good shake and you’re done.
Now you have a bottle full of delicious cocktail that you and your entourage can drink over the course of the night.
To serve, pour a few ounces into a glass over ice and garnish it with some orange peel (that orange is pretty key).
The result is delicious, easy to transport to a party, and can potentially save you a ton of time mixing drinks.