Tom Cat Old Fashioned Cocktail

The Old Fashioned is the first cocktail to ever bear the name ‘Cocktail’.  People would walk into a bar and order a ‘Cocktail’ made with their spirit of choice, usually brandy, or rye whiskey at the time, mixed with a little sugar, some bitters, and citrus twists.  Here we call for a ‘Tom Cat Cocktail’.

CLASSIC TOM CAT OLD FASHIONED COCKTAIL

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Tom Cat Gin
  • 1 tsp Demerara syrup (2 parts demerara sugar: 1 part water)
  • 2-3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • lemon or orange twist or both for garnish

Preparation:
Combine ingredients in an old fashioned glass over fresh ice, stir, garnish by squeezing the citrus twists over the top of the drink.

 

Later people began to make what we call a muddled fruit old fashioned with cherries and oranges.  Try them both and see which you prefer!

MUDDLED FRUIT TOM CAT OLD FASHIONED

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Tom Cat Gin
  • 1 tsp Demerara syrup (2 parts demerara sugar: 1 part water)
  • 2-3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 1 Cherry
  • 1 half Orange wheel

Preparation:
Combine sugar and fruit to an old fashioned glass, muddle gently, add other ingredients and fresh ice, stir, garnish with an orange slice and cherry.

 

 

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