The Courting Rachel (Smoked Old Fashioned)
Named in honor of the wife of Andrew Jackson (whose nickname was Old Hickory), this punched-up Old Fashioned developed by mixologist Andrew Bohrer of Seattle’s Mistral Kitchen gets a rich kick from rye simple syrup and hickory smoke. Bohrer serves it over a single large ice cube which he carves barside to resemble a diamond; if you’re not an adept ice-carver, any large-sized ice will do.
- 2 oz. bourbon
- 1⁄4 oz. rye whiskey simple syrup
- Peychaud’s bitters
- Over ice, stir together bourbon, simple syrup, and bitters.
- Fill a stoppered decanter (or another sealable container, like a lidded pitcher or jar) with fresh hickory smoke from a handheld food smoker (like PolyScience’s Smoking Gun). Strain in the cocktail, seal the decanter, and swirl for one minute. Pour the drink out over ice; serve.