The addition of blackberries brings a traditional Old Fashion to a dark and moody place, fitting for 2020.
If 2020 has taught us anything it has to be that nothing is guaranteed, even a good kiss at midnight on New Year’s Eve. This twist on an old fashion is the perfect way to make sure you’re New Years doesn’t suck. Blackberries help sweeten up your favorite whiskey, while the thyme adds subule bits of earthy almost minty flavor that you didn’t know you were missing in an old fashion. Don’t take any chances and take things into your own hands this year, and make sure you get a good old fashioned midnight kiss.
I’ll admit that I’m not the most creative person when it comes to cocktails, anything other than a vodka soda is fancy. So I asked my friend Luke Barrey who is currently working as a bartender at Gander and Ryegrass, to show me a couple of simple but delicious drinks that will make the last day in 2020 special. Let’s drink away from 2020 and cheer in 2021.
Luke’s Bartender’s Tips
- Shake if there’s juice, and stir if there is not.
- Always double stain your drinks, to ensure that there is as little sediment in your drink as possible.
- Ice is a crucial ingredient, bad-tasting ice will melt into your drink and that flavor will linger.
- The size of the ice is also important, too small it will dilute your drink too fast. Best to shake or stir with small ice serve with bigger ice cubes or “gentlemen’s ice”.
- When garnishing with citrus zest try to zest over the glass so that any oils from the rind will add flavor to your drink, or at least twist the zest over the glass. Also, give the rim of the glass with the zest before dropping it into the drink.
Find this recipe in Spokane CDA Living Magazine
- 2 oz Whiskey
- 3 ea Blackberries
- 1/4 oz Simple Syrup
- 5 dashes of Bitters
- 1 sprig of Thyme
- Add everything except the Thyme into a shaker
- Muddle until the Blackberries are crushed well
- Slap the sprig of Thyme in your hands to expel the oils and add to the shaker
- Add ice and shake for 10-15 seconds then strain into a Low Ball glass over a Gentleman's Cube
- Add a few fresh Blackberries and a sprig of Thyme as a garnishment