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Not Your Father’s Old Fashioned

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With it being so close to Father’s Day, I thought that it was the perfect time to try a new cocktail out!  I collaborated with a good friend of mine that just so happens to be the genius behind www.alilyloveaffair.com to come up with the perfect cocktail for Father’s Day! Your father is sure to love our recipe for Not Your Father’s Old Fashioned!

My husband’s drink of choice is the Old Fashioned.  Father’s Day calls for something out of the ordinary and as special as Dad!  So, this is our take on the ordinary Old Fashioned…it’s kicked up a couple of notches!  Not Your Father’s Old Fashioned has some of the ingredients that you would expect like bourbon and bitters….but adds in some spectacular ingredients like fresh oranges and grapefruits and an amazing thyme simple syrup!

Show dad you love him by making him this fabulous cocktail!

 

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Tips for making Not Your Father’s Old Fashioned:

1.Make the thyme syrup!  Yes, it sounds and looks pretty fancy and hard to make….but it’s NOT!!  It’s so easy and adds so much to this drink!  Be sure to use fresh thyme!

2.Be sure to section the orange and grapefruit and remove the pith.  If you keep the pith, the orange and grapefruit juice will not combine with the other ingredients as well.

3.Serve in a fancy glass if you have one!  The fancy glass makes this beautiful cocktail shine!

Not Your Father's Old Fashioned, cocktails, drinks, orange, grapefruit, bourbon, bitters, thyme, simple syrup, Father's Day, drinks
Not Your Father's Old Fashioned, cocktails, drinks, orange, grapefruit, bourbon, bitters, thyme, simple syrup, Father's Day, drinks
Not Your Father's Old Fashioned, cocktails, drinks, orange, grapefruit, bourbon, bitters, thyme, simple syrup, Father's Day, drinks
Not Your Father's Old Fashioned, cocktails, drinks, orange, grapefruit, bourbon, bitters, thyme, simple syrup, Father's Day, drinks
Not Your Father's Old Fashioned, cocktails, drinks, orange, grapefruit, bourbon, bitters, thyme, simple syrup, Father's Day, drinks

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Ingredients for making Not Your Father’s Old Fashioned:


Thyme simple syrup: Makes enough for 4 cocktails

  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 5 sprigs of fresh thyme

Not Your Father’s Old Fashioned: Makes enough for 4 cocktails

  • 1 orange- blood oranges work great for this recipe!
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 4 ounces ounces of bourbon- I used Wild Turkey
  • 6 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 4 ounces of thyme simple syrup- use recipe from above
  • orange twist- for garnish
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme- for garnish
  • 4 cups of crushed ice or 4 ice spheres

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Directions for making Not Your Father’s Old Fashioned:


1

Making thyme simple syrup:

 

  • Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, remove from heat.
  • Add fresh thyme sprigs to sugar water and let steep for 10-15 minutes.

2

Making Not Your Father’s Old Fashioned:

 

  • Section half of the orange and grapefruit into pieces.  Be sure to remove fruit pulp from the pith (the white skin that separates the fruit sections).
  • Once you have the fruit sectioned, cut into bite size pieces.  1/2 to 1 inch in size.
  • Fill a shaker with crushed ice, orange and grapefruit pieces, bourbon, bitters and thyme syrup.  Shake well!
  • Fill glass with crushed ice or place ice sphere into glass.
  • Strain drink mixture over ice.
  • Garnish with orange twist and 1 sprig of fresh thyme.


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Not Your Father’s Old Fashioned

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 Cocktails
Calories: 241kcal
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Ingredients

Thyme simple syrup: Makes enough for 4 cocktails

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 5 sprigs of fresh thyme

Not Your Father's Old Fashioned: Makes enough for 4 cocktails

  • 1 orange (blood oranges work great for this recipe!)
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 4 ounces bourbon (I used Wild Turkey)
  • 6 dash Angostura Bitters
  • 4 ounces thyme simple syrup (use recipe from above)
  • orange twist (for garnish)
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme (for garnish)
  • 4 cups crushed ice or 4 ice balls

Instructions

Making thyme simple syrup:

  • Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, remove from heat.
  • Add fresh thyme sprigs to sugar water and let steep for 10-15 minutes.

Making Not Your Father's Old Fashioned:

  • Section half of the orange and grapefruit into pieces.  Be sure to remove fruit pulp from the pith (the white skin that separates the fruit sections).
  • Once you have the fruit sectioned, cut into bite size pieces.  1/2 to 1 inch in size.
  • Fill a shaker with crushed ice, orange and grapefruit pieces, bourbon, bitters and thyme syrup.  Shake well!
  • Fill glass with crushed ice or place ice ball into glass.
  • Strain drink mixture over ice.
  • Garnish with orange twist and 1 sprig of fresh thyme.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 164mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 869IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg
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