I have not yet acquired a taste for whiskey. But I’m trying. Every time I take a little sip, I get that puckered-lip-squinty-eyes-raised-eyebrow kind of look on my face. Trust me, it ain’t a pretty. So why am I trying to learn to like it, you might ask. Well, whiskey and camping go together like… cookies and milk. Peanut butter and jelly. Bonnie and Clyde? So my stepping stone to whiskey neat is this Bourbon Old Fashioned. And it’s actually good! (Bourbon is basically whiskey that’s made in Kentucky. It’s super smooth!)
In keeping with my theme – Keep it Simple. Keep it Tasty. Keep it Easy to Clean – I’ve modified the classic Old Fashioned a bit so it’s more suitable for camping. (Let’s face it, no one really wants to bring bitters along with them on a camping trip.) So I’m sticking with the fewest and simplest ingredients possible that still honor that rich, slightly sweet, slightly citrusy warms you from the inside out Classic Bourbon Old Fashioned taste.
I’m well aware that most of us don’t normally stock up on maraschino cherries, but it really does make a difference here so just throw a few in a zip-top baggie and find a little room in your cooler. It’s well worth it! I do typically bring oranges and sugar when we go camping, so nothing new there. And it really is best with a splash of club soda (which you can buy for about a buck), but if you don’t want to bring that along, a splash of water will do in a pinch.
Here’s How to Make a Simple Classic Bourbon Old Fashioned
Smush together (yeah, the real term is called muddling) a maraschino cherry, a thin slice of orange, and a half-teaspoon of sugar in the bottom of a cup or glass. (You can use the back of a spoon for this). Add a few ice cubes (or one of my awesome mini “ice blocks” that you can read about here), pour 1 1/2 ounces bourbon and a splash of club soda over the ice and stir. Top with another maraschino cherry and a slice of orange. That’s it! Sip away and enjoy!
I may actually become a whiskey drinker after all thanks to this Bourbon Old Fashioned! (Is that a good thing…?)