You can’t help but feel a little distinguished when you are drinking an Old Fashioned Cocktail, and this one with mandarin oranges is tops!
I’ve realized lately that my oldest son is more cultured than I am. His elementary school has partnerships with San Francisco Ballet and Opera, so he is getting enrichment classes from professional ballet dancers and opera singers. Yesterday, his class went to see a dress rehearsal of the opera Barber of Seville. He came home raving about the singing, costumes, and set, and I realized that I have only been to the opera once, shortly after we moved to San Francisco. I was too much of a young yokel back then to appreciate it, and we never went back.
Now the closest thing I get to a fancy time is making fancy cocktails like this one at home. If you like bourbon, you will surely enjoy this old fashioned cocktail. Even if you don’t like bourbon, you will still probably like it because the mandarin orange and cherry flavors sweeten it up to make it smooth and very drinkable. (Make sure you let the ice dilute it a bit before taking that first sip though…)
In this version, I used mandarin oranges and a little of the syrup they were packed in as a substitute for the traditional fresh orange slice and sugar. I used oranges packed in 1/2 c. snack cups, so I didn’t have to open a large can and wonder what to do with the rest. (If you have any good recipe or drink ideas that use mandarin oranges, please share them with us in the comments!)
I hope this cocktail puts a smile on your face at your next happy hour or cocktail party!