Old Fashioned w/ Citrus Confitby Michael Wards
When I sip an Old Fashioned, I can’t help but conjure images of Mad Men, 19th century America, and the fall of prohibition. While this cocktail has been around since the 1800s, it’s hard to classify it as, well, old. Nearly two centuries later, and the trendiest bars across the country are still serving this distinguished libation—or putting their own riff on the original. The Artisans wanted in!
The basic recipe is prepared by muddling sugar, bitters, and a few drops of water. You add the whiskey (or Bourbon) and ice, shake, and pour it into an Old Fashioned glass. Of course it has it’s own glass! Traditionally, the finished product is garnished with an orange slice and a Maraschino cherry. This is where we decided to make our mark.
Instead of filling the glass with fruit, we created a citrus confit that deepens the integrity of the cocktail. It’s made by boiling citrus rinds to yield a jam-like consistency. You can then dollop it into your Old Fashioned for a brighter, more refreshing twist on this timeless classic. The best part? You don’t have you wait for summer to make it. What you may not know is that citrus is actually seasonal in the winter – meaning right now!
So go ahead and serve my Old Fashioned w/ Citrus Confit at your next cocktail party, as a digestif, or after a long day at the ad agency (I mean, office).
All it takes
Let’s Get Cooking
- Remove the rinds from all of the fruit. Dice the rinds and submerge them in a pot with heavily salted water (2:1 salt to water ratio). Bring just to a boil.
- Drain and rinse thoroughly. Repeat 4 times.
- Set the rinds aside and clean the pot. Add the rinds back in, and cover them with water and sugar (1:1 sugar to water ratio). Slowly simmer until it yields a thick jam-like consistency. Cool.
Put it together
Prepare your favorite Old Fashioned recipe. Add 1 tsp. of Citrus Confit, stir gently, and garnish with fresh rind. If you don’t have a go-to recipe, we like this one:
Reserve Old Fashioned: Prepare the cocktail up to step 2. Refer to our Citrus Confit recipe for the rest!