My god, another damned Old Fashioned. That’s what you’re probably thinking. Rightly so. It’s hard to get excited about the Don Draper favorite because as the craft cocktail movement has exploded, this standby has been written about to death. However, sometimes a novel approach to this drink comes around that’s worth trying. This is one of those times.
This variation ditches the whiskey for some south-of-the-border spirits: Chile liqueur and unaged tequila. The drink begins with Ancho Reyes, a savory liqueur with a touch of sweetness, and not too much spice. After all, it’s made with the ancho pepper, a dried version of the poblano, which is pretty far down on the Scoville scale. The silver tequila adds a little more punch to the drink, while complementing the liqueur. And the orange peel and bitters brightens the cocktail, cutting through the earthiness of the Ancho Reyes. And in another slight variation from the Old Fashioned, don’t muddle the orange peel, instead merely squeeze it and rub it on the rim of the glass. This will keep the cocktail more clear and crisp. It’s a drink so good, it may have you ditching your margarita this Cinco de Mayo.
ANCHO OLD FASHIONED
• 1 oz. silver tequila
• 1 oz. Anchor Reyes Liqueur
• ¼ oz 2:1 simple syrup
• 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
• 2 dashes Angostura Orange Bitters
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with cracked ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass either neat or on a ginormous ice cube.