Thursday, October 31, 2013
Thirsty Thursday | Maple Old Fashioned
Most folks make a big fuss about turning 30, but the coming year will be one of the most challenging to date for yours truly. Yup, I turned 29 last week.
Twenty-nine and I seem* to have it all together, which can only lead to some sort of existential-quarter-life crisis. I've tackled a lot of my life list. I'm happily married and we have a wonderful daughter. We just bought a house. I have a really fantastic job. What am I going to do with my one wild and precious life now? I am terrible at sitting still.
So I'm making lots of lists this week. Things I will never accomplish before I turn 30 and things that I still can. Mostly I just like making lists.
I will not ever be a teen pop idol.
I will finally write a cookbook proposal this year.
I'm not going to be a prodigy of any kind.
I will finally make bagels and cream cheese from scratch at home.
I will find my signature scent and red lip color.
I will write a new life list and a ten year plan.
I'm probably not going to figure out a better filing system for my husband's W-2s and 1099s.
I'm probably not going to quit laughing at bodily functions.
I will drink more classic cocktails.
I tried this riff on an old fashioned at a local restaurant on my birthday and have been enjoying them at home ever since. The swap of maple syrup for the sugar cube in a classic old fashioned adds a depth to this otherwise straight forward cocktail. I also suggest you choose a grade B maple syrup over a grade A maple. Oh, and absolutely no imitation maple syrup - we are adults now, after all.
Maple Old Fashioned
3 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey
1-2 dashes bitters
1 teaspoon maple syrup
a 1 inch wide 3 inch piece of orange peel
Stir together the bourbon, bitters, syrup in a chilled old fashioned glass. Add the orange peel and stir to combine. Top with ice, if desired.
*depends on how you look at it. also your definition of "together"