The Kings Old Fashioned


The old fashioned has always been the drink of my grandfather. Pops is an incredible guy – former politician, constant flirt, avid sailor, even more avid drinker, and general lover of fun. He has been drinking old fashioneds since well before I was even trying to sneak a beverage from his liquor cabinet, and he always drinks them the same way: Crown Royal, simple syrup, ice cubes, and as many cherries as he thinks he can get away with. Hold that soda and orange please. Pops is getting older now and has some mental deterioration, which means he can’t safely drink. It’s sad that he has lost one of his great pleasures, but as I sip each old fashioned, I think of how much he would be enjoying it with me, if he could.

This is one of C’s (many) twists on the traditional old fashioned, using bourbon from one of our favorite local distilleries, Kings County Distillery in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Their bourbon is aged in new, American oak charred barrels, which gives the whiskey an unmistakable hint of smoked wood, a taste which evokes the smell of C’s fires. Their moonshine is another favorite, and is featured in the Albino Old Fashioned, another of C’s (many) twists on the traditional old fashioned. Stay tuned for the recipe in a future post!

This old fashioned is also special because it includes Brandy Old Fashioned Dashfire Bitters, which taste something like a year-round version of the holiday season. Our bitters came from The Meadow, a tiny little store in the West Village that sells all the important things in life: bitters, chocolate, and artisanal salts.

The Kings Old Fashioned

  • 2 ounces Kings County Bourbon
  • 2 dashes Brandy Old Fashioned Dashfire Bitters
  • 1 bar spoon of cardamom simple syrup (homemade with inspiration)
  • Several brandied sour cherry (homemade with inspiration)

Stir ingredients, except cherries, in a cocktail mixing glass with a lot of ice. Pour though a cocktail strainer over one large ice cube and garnish with cherries on a cocktail skewer.