The first cocktail on our NYE menu is the Old Fashioned, a truly timeless classic and the epitome of the original 1806 definition of a cocktail: “a potent concoction of spirits, bitters, water, and sugar.”
Don’t be intimidated by the “potent” and “bitters” verbiage, though – this one’s smooth and balanced, with delicious hints of vanilla, citrus and baking spices, all complimented by one of our signature brandied cherries.
Some of you might be curious about the bitters featured in the Old Fashioned and many of our other classic cocktails. Bitters are the condiments – or the salt and pepper – of the cocktail world. They balance cocktails by tying ingredients together, highlighting certain notes, and adding depth and complexity.
The term bitters is actually a bit of a misnomer, as they aren’t always bitter and are used in such small quantities – usually just a dash or two – that they’re either mellowed by other ingredients or balanced with a sweetener like sugar, honey, or maple syrup (three of our favorites).