If you don’t know by now, the Old Fashioned is my favorite cocktail. It’s a classic, and I can get one almost anywhere I go. It’s also a cocktail that lends itself to flavor variations pretty well. Since it’s fall, I wanted to bring some seasonal flavors to my favorite cocktail. Enter, the Cranberry Old Fashioned.
This post was sponsored by Old Dominick Distillery. All opinions are my own. I’m really excited about today’s cocktail recipe, y’all. It’s a variation of my favorite cocktail, with a new liquor to which I was recently introduced: the Memphis Toddy from Old Dominick Distillery in—you guessed it—Memphis, Tennessee. The unique flavor profile brings a whole new dimension to my favorite classic cocktail.
I’m a whiskey girl, and I love a good Old Fashioned. If you’ve never had one, an Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail made with whiskey, bitters, a sugar cube and orange rind or slice. They’re oddly refreshing and a well-made Old Fashioned is well worth the money (they can be a bit pricey).
But sometimes I wish they were a bit more drinkable, at least in large quantities, like for a party. How do you make a drink more drinkable? I made it into an Old Fashioned Punch!
When the nights get cold, what’s the one hot beverage you go for, more often than not? Hot chocolate, of course! There are a ton of pre-made mixes available in all sorts of flavors. But honestly, it’s just easier to make your own. I’ve figured out my own recipe over the last few years; it’s based on my mom’s grandmother’s old-fashioned recipe. If I do say so myself, I think I’ve hit the nail on the head. It’s hard to drink just one cup.
Old-Fashioned-Inspired Hot Chocolate
3 Tbsp cocoa
1-2 Tbsp sugar or sweetener (depending on your taste)
3 Tbsp water
6-8 oz. milk
Marshmallows and/or whipped cream, toppings of choice
Add the cocoa, sugar, and water into the bottom of a mug. Stir until just combined. Microwave for 1-15 seconds, just to heat it up a little. Stir the cocoa mix again, and then add the milk. For an extra kick, add flavored coffee cream or a splash of Baileys. Put in the microwave for 1:45. When it’s done, top with marshmallows and/or whipped cream.
Tell me that’s not delicious, and perfect for a cold night and wrapping up in a blanket!
What’s your favorite cold-weather drink?