Christmas is just around the corner and I have a few recipes coming to the site over the next two weeks, so stay tuned! I can't believe how time is flying, before we know it, it will be the New Year. Does anyone have any big plans for the holiday or NYE? I have the perfect cocktail to get you in the mood to decorate the tree, listen to your Christmas vinyl, do some online shopping, and wrap those presents! My Peppermint Old Fashioned is great for your next holiday party or Christmas Eve and Day festivites. If you're not familiar with a classic Old Fashioned it's just Bourbon, sugar, Angostura Bitters and a twist of lemon and orange. Super simple! I didn't want to over complicate such a simple drink, so I used the same template with just a few minor adjustments.
My main trick was infusing the Bourbon with Harney & Sons Peppermint Tea, which is devine if you haven't had it. All of their tea is delicious and great for drinking on its own hot, iced, or using to infuse wine, vermouth and spirits. The tea is really fragrant so it didn't sit very long with the Bourbon, I'd say 30 minutes maximum. Honestly, I only let mine sit for about 15 minutes and the flavor was already very strong. This will all depend on how minty you want your drinks to be, so I suggest straw testing as you go until you get your desired level of flavor. You can infuse a whole bottle or a few ounces depending on how many cocktails you want to make. You will need 2 ounces of Peppermint Tea Bourbon per drink. I would estimate 2 tea satchels for every 12 ounces of whiskey for the infusion.
Peppermint Old Fashioned
2 oz. Peppermint Tea infused Bourbon
1/2 oz. Honey Syrup (3:1 Honey & Water)
2 dashes Scrappys Cardamom Bitters
Build all ingredients in a single old fashioned glass, add ice, stir. Garnish with a candy cane.