This cocktail is a twist on an Old Fashioned — some people will tell you not to twist the Old Fashioned under any circumstances, and if you're mixing a drink for those kind of people, just don't bother mentioning the Old Fashioned part. This superb cocktail stands on its own: it warms from the inside with spice-infused whiskey, and the mulled orange syrup plus a mist of orange oil makes it wonderfully fragrant.
By Jake Cifuentes of Cardinal Spirits
2.5 ounces Cardinal Spirits Single Malt Whiskey, infused with clove and anise (recipe follows)
1/2 teaspoon mulled orange syrup (recipe follows)
2 dashes aromatic bitters
Orange peel, for garnish
Add the infused whiskey, mulled orange syrup and bitters to a mixing glass, then add ice. Stir 15 times, then strain into a rocks glass with a jumbo ice cube. Squeeze a piece of orange peel over the cocktail to express the oils and wipe the rim of the glass with the peel, then use it as garnish.
To make the infused whiskey: Add a few cloves and an ounce of anise seed to 12 ounces of Cardinal Spirits Single Malt Whiskey and let steep at least overnight.
To make mulled orange syrup: In a saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 cup water, 3 large strips of orange peel, 2 thin orange slices and one mulling spice tea bag, and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, add 1 cup sugar and stir to dissolve. Remove from heat and let cool, then strain ingredients.