Raise your hand if you like Old Fashioned cocktails. A week ago, I wouldn’t have known whether to raise my hand or not because—shock! shame! horror!—I’d never had one. My husband on the other hand has never liked them. He does however like all things smoked. Enter the Smokin’ Old Fashioned Crate and the perfect opportunity to tantalize my taste buds and challenge his.
What’s in the Box:
+ Pecan Wood Smoked Maple Syrup, 250 ml
+ 2 Spiegelau Perfect Serve Double Old Fashioned Glasses, 12.5 oz
+ Geometric Ice Rocks Mold (to ensure a slow melt & that the drink stays stronger, longer)
+ Aromatic Bitters, 2 oz
+ Life-changing adulthood
We sauntered down the street to our local Rite Aid to see what their whiskey selection was like and were not disappointed. Though we basically had no idea what to choose, settled on Distiller’s Select Woodford Reserve—mostly because of the handsome bottle. That’s definitely part of the Old Fashioned charm, right? No? Just us?
The whiskey itself is spicy and retains the flavor from the charred barrels it ages in. Its dominant flavors are charred oak, toffee, vanilla and pepper, and it’s got a long-lasting dry finish. AKA it gets the job DONE.
Now let’s talk about the scent. Hoo-ee BABY! We were both very literally wowed by each of the scents that floated from the Smoked Maple Syrup and Aromatic Bitters bottles. We actually went back for second and third whiffs in hopes of transporting ourselves to a saloon of yesteryear. Keil even dressed the part.
The Runamok’s Pecan Smoked Maple Syrup is tapped from pure, authentic Vermont maple trees and the Jack Rudy Cocktail Bitters are made from burnt cane sugar syrup with notes of citrus and winter spices.
By this point we were both salivating for some cocktail magic. The recipe we followed was both simple and absolute perfection—minimal ingredients and MAXIMUM flavor.
Old Fashioned Recipe:
+ 2 oz whiskey
+ 1 tsp Pecan Wood Smoked Maple Syrup
+ 2-3 dashes of bitters
+ 1 large ice cube in each glass
+ Orange peel to garnish
Combine ingredients in an Old Fashioned glass and stir to mix.
I about shot through the roof with delight when I got my first taste of this bad boy. It’s still not a fan favorite for Keil, but he was a fan of the entire process of crafting the classic cocktail.
The overall consensus is that whether you’ve been an Old Fashioned aficionado for years or are brand new to the experience, there are serious delights in the Smokin’ Old Fashioned Crate for everyone!