Several years ago, I was at a charity auction and bid on and won the opportunity to work with a bartender at a restaurant to create my own drink and then to have that drink featured on the restaurant’s menu for a month. The restaurant, Rocca, in Boston’s South End is now out of business. I hope I had nothing to do with that.
Creating the drink was a blast. The bartender demo’d several cocktail-making techniques, which I got to taste-test and before too long, I was hammered. I eventually stumbled on something I really liked and named it Will’s Antiquato. Italian for Will’s Old-Fashioned. It is similar to a classic Old-Fashioned, with an interesting twist or two.
Here was the menu listing – $9 . . . totally worth it:
- 2 1/2 oz Bulleit Bourbon
- 1 Brown Sugar Cube
- 2-4 Dashes Orange Bitters (I used Regan’s)
- 3 Luxardo Cherries
- Burnt Orange Peel