Every year for Christmas Eve we like to try a new holiday cocktail. My mom will usually make an infused alcohol – this year it’s ginger as we’re having a Thai dinner 😍 – and we’ll try our hand at making some creative cocktails. It’s fun to have a special cocktail, so I decided to test a couple options a little early. 🍸👯🍸
Now I have to admit that bourbon is not my thing, but I have “bourbon is my thing” friends, and this drink has their approval (thanks guinea pigs that might still be nursing hangovers 😬)
There were a couple of things that inspired me for this drink. On a recent trip to Borough in North Loop for lunch we sampled cocktails, and I thought it was interesting that they made their Old Fashioned’s with a brown sugar simple syrup – they had a fancy name for it, but that’s not my jam. Speaking of jam… the other thing that inspired me for this drink was an article I recently read about jam cocktails. It’s one of those things that seems a little odd, but it also seems like we should have thought of it a long time ago. It’s exactly what it sounds like – adding jam to cocktails.
I want to experiment more with this concept; I think that this would work better with a less firm jam than I used. Mine was more like a spread, so it took a little more effort to incorporate, but it still worked! I garnished this with a slightly burnt orange peel – this will make you look cool and like you know what you’re doing.
This is a pretty strong drink, but perfect staying warm and cozy on winter nights. Or it could accidentally turn into a Taylor Swift dance party… not that I’m speaking from experience..
Either way, cheers!
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 1 ounce orange juice
- ½ ounce brown sugar simple syrup
- 1 tsp fig jam
- Orange peel (burnt) – garnish
- Put all ingredients in shaker with ice. If you use the same jam that I did you may have to break up the jam a bit with a fork.
- Pour over ice.
- Take a lighter to the rim of the orange peel.
- Smell it - you don’t have to do this, but you won’t regret it. 😉
- Garnish drink with orange peel.
- Directions for simple syrup: In a medium sauce pan, add equal parts brown sugar and water and bring to a boil. (I used half a cup of each since I was making a few) Stir constantly for about 3 minutes and reduce heat to low. Keep stirring until all sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat.