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Friday, July 13, 2012

Vintage Happy Hour with Jenny Q: Old-Fashioneds in the Orchard


In Kilmeny of the Orchard, Prince Edward Island is an idyllic little summer getaway for Eric Marshall. A place to relax and enjoy the rustic isolation from the worries of the mainland, to embrace a slower pace and a more simple style of living, and to wander into an old orchard and fall in love beneath the boughs of an apple tree.

We've had a gorgeous little two-day reprieve from the scorching heat and stifling humidity here in Virginia, and it's shaping up to be the perfect evening to sit outside with a refreshing beverage, so I thought for this edition of Vintage Happy Hour I'd serve up some fruity twists on an old classic in honor of Kilmeny, Prince Edward Island, and lazy summer days! The Old-Fashioned is one of the earliest known cocktail recipes, and in fact, in 1806, the definition of "cocktail" was the recipe for an Old-Fashioned: "a potent concoction of spirits, bitters, water, and sugar." Though the term "Old-Fashioned" wouldn't come into use until the 1880s.



Apple Brandy Old Fashioned

2 oz apple brandy or applejack
2 dashes bitters
1 tsp real maple syrup

Add all ingredients to an old-fashioned glass and stir until blended. Serve with ice.



Peach Old-Fashioned

1 tbsp simple syrup
5 dashes of bitters
2 1/2 oz bourbon
2 peach slices
2 blackberries
ice cubes
splash of sparkling water

Muddle (mash together) the simple syrup, bitters and 1 peach slice in the bottom of an old-fashioned glass. Add the bourbon, ice cubes, 1 peach slice, the blackberries and sparkling water.
Stir to combine.



Blueberry Old-Fashioned

6 blueberries
ice
1 1/2 ounces bourbon
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
splash seltzer water
garnish: 2-inch lemon twist, 2 blueberries on toothpick


Muddle the blueberries in a shaker and fill with ice. Add bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Cover and shake well. Strain into an old-fashioned glass. Top with a splash of seltzer water. Gently squeeze the lemon twist over the drink and drop into the glass. Garnish with blueberries on a toothpick.

So there you have it--three natural, refreshing drink recipes straight from the orchard! Cheers!

POSTED BY:  Jenny Q



Kilmeny of the Orchard by Lucy Maud Montgomery
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