This recipe was inspired by a port old fashioned I had in Columbus (possibly Dublin, OH?) when I was in Ohio visiting my fabulous cousins. I wish I remembered the name of the restaurant, which was cute and had delicious food. This is a great recipe for an Old Fashioned (or Manhattan) drinker who wants a more festive variation for the holidays. Or for someone who wants to ease into drinking whiskey.
I’m a big believer in customizing recipes, even cocktail recipes, to individual taste. If you are not accustomed to drinking whiskey, you might want to do 2 oz of port and 1 oz whiskey, while a regular whiskey drinker might do the reverse. For most people, I think equal parts whiskey and port will be ideal.
Port Old Fashioned
- 1.5 oz bourbon
- 1.5 oz tawny port
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- A couple dashes of orange bitters
- Orange slice for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add bourbon, port, maple syrup, and bitters.
- Shake. Dance around the kitchen if you feel so led.
- Pour your drink into a rocks glass with ice and garnish with orange.