Simple Syrup

Brown Sugar Old-Fashioned


Makes 1 drink

For brown sugar syrup

1 ½ cups brown sugar

1 ½ cups water


For the cocktail

3 fresh ice cubes

2 tablespoons brown sugar syrup

3 ounces bourbon

Aromatic bitters

Orange twist



To make brown sugar syrup

Boil water, then pour over brown sugar in a large beaker or pitcher. Stir vigorously until brown sugar is completely dissolved.


To make one cocktail

Place ice cubes to an old-fashioned glass, then add brown sugar syrup, bourbon, and 3 dashes aromatic bitters.  Stir briefly until combined.


Gently squeeze the orange twist over the drink to release its oils, then drop it into the glass and enjoy immediately. (Skip the cherry—we’re adults.)



Makes 1 drink

2 ounces silver tequila, such as Milagro

1 ounce cucumber juice

½ ounce lemon juice

½ ounce simple syrup


Combine all ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker and shake until frothy.
Pour over fresh ice in a rocks glass.


Garnish with a lemon twist or lime wedge and serve immediately.

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How-To Tuesdays

Simple Syrup

Almost every cocktail utilizes simple syrup, and you’ll need to have some on hand to whip up drinks at home.  A “simple” solution of sugar dissolved in water, this bar staple is great in iced tea and coffee too–you won’t have to wait for regular sugar crystals to dissolve.  It’s pretty easy to make, but you’ll want to get the ratio perfect and make sure the sugar is completely dissolved before storage.  Learn the technique with Estelle Bossy, head bartender at Del Posto.

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