Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year. While others are planning their Halloween costumes, I'm already shopping for new Christmas decorations. While some look forward gobbling up a Thanksgiving feast, I'm celebrating being one holiday closer to December 25th. The season's twinkling lights, towering pine trees and freshly baked cookies (OK, and presents) truly create an atmosphere of warmth and excitement and reinvigorate me with the joy I felt as a little girl awaiting a visit from Santa.
Naturally, my love for the season calls for the Christmas-ification of all areas of life, including cocktails. This holiday version of an Old Fashioned is perfect for chilly winter nights, and the seasonal ingredients are sure to get you in the Christmas spirit.
A Very Merry Old Fashioned
*Adapted from Cupcakes and Cashmere
10 fresh cranberries
2 sugar cubes (or 3/4 tsp sugar)
1/8 tsp cinnamon
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 inch strip of orange peel
1 oz. rye whiskey or bourbon
Club Soda or seltzer to taste (optional)
*Place cranberries, sugar, cinnamon, orange peel and bitters into a tumbler glass. Muddle the ingredients until sugar is broken up and mixed well.
*Add whiskey or bourbon, ice and Club Soda or seltzer to taste (optional-- I enjoy the added fizz). Stir to mix, then serve.