What to mix with Bourbon Whiskey for a Warming Cocktail?
Cardamom obviously! The subtle heating notes of the cardamom spice complement the complexities found in bourbon beautifully. Bourbon Whiskey is in it’s self a warming sipper, heating the throat as it goes down. This spicey combination in this Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe is cooled with a cut of fresh orange twist and a splash of floral rose water.
In a Cocktail, Cuisine Pinch...
While throwing together my mothers recent, small birthday party I wanted to surprise her with take out Indian food. When asked what she would like to drink, she enthusiastically stated, “bourbon!” I was left trying to figure out how to serve a bourbon cocktail that would match an Indian themed dinner filled with the flavors of curries, tikka masalas and samosa.
I opened up my cabinet and got to work mixing and tasting. The combination of rose water and bourbon seemed like an unlikely match. Adding a homemade cardamom simple syrup to the mix, spiced this cocktail up and added much needed nuance to pair with the spicy, aromatic entrees. A splash of rose water brought out the floral notes of the bourbon splendidly and everyone was surprised and delighted by the combination. This drink has quickly become a most requested favorite in my home.
Don’t let the light bouquet of roses on the nose fool you, this Old Fashioned still packs a powerful, alcoholic punch despite all of its flowery overtones.
Find my Cardamom Simple Syrup Recipe Here....
Rose water is a has a slight taste and a highly floral smell and is used routinely in Indian cooking. A rub of fresh orange twist inside the glass coats the cocktail with a citrus kick. Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy!
Rose Water Scented, Cardamom Old Fashioned Bourbon Cocktail
- 1 Low Ball Glass
- 1 Slice orange twist
- 1 ounces Bourbon
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cardamom Simple Syrup See Recipe link, located below
- 1 Teaspoon Rose water
- Over a low ball glass, twist orange rind; releasing it’s citrus oils, rub citrus peel on inside of glass. Add ice cubes to glass.
- Add Bourbon, cardamom simple syrup and stir lightly. Top off with rose water and enjoy!