I was preparing to post Holiday Anticipation Series, #2, but got caught up in a rant to my poor parents about how my totally great, really challenging, and all around cool job is making me unhappy. Well! We know what that calls for -- a lovely thought. Or, a good stiff drink.
I love a classic cocktail, and have recently been shaking/stirring and calibrating some durn good manhattans, martinis, dark'n'stormys (not all at once) in my home kitchen laboratory. Tonight called for an Old Fashioned. An old fashioned is just beautiful in its simple alchemy. Sugar, two dashes of bitters, bourbon, orange peel, and a cherry if you're feeling crazy. So few ingredients, but an amazing and delicious result. I like to use raw sugar in drinks because I think it adds a little complexity.
Mmmmm.... better already.