Emerald Old Fashioned

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“The glory of an Old Fashioned is that it's barely adulterated booze—but it's the specificity of said adulteration that makes it magical,” says Joaquín Simó of New York’s Pouring Ribbons.

He chooses to adulterate his classic Old Fashioned with three special touches—honey syrup for sweetness, and Green Chartreuse and Dolin Genepy des Alpes for a distinct herbal flavor and complexity. But Simó also ensures that the base spirit complements those subtle, but rich flavors. Instead of bourbon or rye, he substitutes Irish whiskey—ideally a 12-year-old pot still Irish whiskey—to play off its smooth malty notes.

Simó’s thoughtful fusion of ingredients doesn’t stop at the garnish. To finish the drink off, he adds a sprig of refreshing mint that helps to fully awaken and revive your palate with each sip.

Emerald Old Fashioned

FLAVOR PROFILE
Sweet
STRENGTH
DIFFICULTY
easy

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 oz Irish whiskey
  • 1 tsp Honey Syrup
  • 1 tsp Green Chartreuse
  • 1 tsp Dolin Genepy des Alpes
  • Mint sprig, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

Step one

Add all ingredients to a rocks glass.

Step two

Add ice and stir briskly until chilled and mixed thoroughly.

Step three

Garnish with a mint sprig.

Contributed by Joaquín Simó