The Ritz Old Fashioned The long-awaited (awaited by me, if no-one else) return of Cocktail Friday on the blog and this one is an update on an absolute classic: the Old-Fashioned.
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This particular Old-Fashioned is not really classic and purists would most probably throw their coasters at me or pelt me with ice… But it is a slightly twisted version of the Ritz Old-Fashioned. In any case it is Friday and I will mess around with classic cocktail recipes if I want to!
I had some blood oranges in my fruit bowl begging to be used so they ended up juiced and in the shaker before they had a chance to say ‘I thought you were baking a blood orange cake?!’ – even fruit is on my case today. If I sound like I am in an odd mood it is because I am.
Despite (or maybe because) the kitchen remodel being finished I am still feeling out of sorts. I have been working from home for a rather long stretch and it is kind of getting to me. It is all kinds of wonderful but also rather lonely. Bingeing on entire series on Netflix is a definite perk though…
If you wish to make a proper Ritz Old-Fashioned, leave out the blood orange juice and replace with a squeeze of lemon instead. Whatever you do, beware that this is a proper grown up cocktail with a definite kick! Don’t skip out on the sugar rim as it adds a hint of sweetness which I think is needed (the classic cocktail contains sugar or sugar syrup).
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Blood Orange Ritz Old Fashioned
- 60 ml (¼ cup) freshly squeezed blood orange juice or lemon juice
- 60 ml (¼ cup) Bourbon
- 2 tbsp Grand Marnier
- dash of Angostura bitters
- 4 maraschino cherries (cocktail cherries) to decorate
- blood orange rind to decorate
- granulated sugar to frost glasses
- Wipe the rim of two rocks glasses with a slice of orange or lemon and dip into a shallow plate filled with sugar to frost (optional).
- Thread the cherries and a blood orange rind into two cocktail sticks to use as garnish.
- Pour the juice, bourbon and Grand Marnier into a mixing jug or shaker filled with ice. Stir for 30 seconds.
- Strain the cocktail into the two prepared glasses and add ice.
- Add a dash of bitters and decorated with the cherries. Cheers!