My favorite way to make an old fashioned cocktail — good-quality bourbon and bitters, a hint of maple syrup, and a generous twist of orange peel. Plus maybe a Luxardo cherry on top.
- Use a vegetable peeler or knife to carefully cut a 2- to 3-inch-long piece of orange peel. Run the pulp-side of the peel around the rim of the cocktail glass, then set the peel aside for later.
- Add the bourbon, bitters, and maple syrup to the glass, and briefly stir to combine. Add the ice, then briefly stir the drink one more time to mix and chill.
- Give the orange peel a good twist above the glass to release its oils, then tuck it into the drink. Add a maraschino cherry (if using) and serve immediately.
*Luxardo cherries come with a pretty thick syrup. So if you don’t want to overly sweeten your cocktail, I recommend tapping or rinsing off the excess syrup before adding the cherry to your cocktail.