A warm way to celebrate your holiday, this Christmas Old Fashioned has been spruced up for the winter season. This recipe was created in collaboration with Doc Porter’s Distillery in Charlotte, NC.
If you’ve ever been invited over to my house for dinner, it’s a surefire gaurentee that you’ll be greeted with a craft beverage. In preparation for the holiday season, I’ve been playing around with cocktail recipes on a daily basis. I’m all about supporting Charlotte’s local community, so I’ve gravitated towards stocking my home bar with lower South End’s very own Doc Porter’s. This grain-to-glass distillery produces Vodka, Gin, Bourbon and Rye Whiskey from scratch, using locally-sourced grains from Marshville and Asheville, North Carolina.
A while back, I partnered with Foodesign Associates to create a short video series for social media advertising. We’ve been highlighting Charlotte owned businesses and featuring their local products. Fast forward a few months later, and I am now a team member in Foodesign’s marketing department and assisting with photography. We all work pretty spectacular together and I cannot wait to see what this upcoming year has in store for us!
During Doc Porter’s film day, we sat down with Steven Steele and Carl White: Doc Porter’s Sales & Marketing Manager and Head Distiller. In our video, Steven goes through Doc Porter’s background and (the best part) guides us through a proper tasting of each liquor.
This recipe remains traditionally balanced with bitters and perfectly crafted rye whiskey. Taking a break from cherries, fresh cranberries are muddled with citrus to give his drink a holiday twist. Enjoy!
- 3 cranberries + 2 for garnish
- 1 orange wedge
- 2 oz. Doc Porter’s Rye Whiskey
- 1 oz. Simple Syrup
- 2 dashes Bitters
- Sugar (for Rim)
- Orange Slice Candies, optional garnish
- Slide the flesh of an orange slice around the top of an old-fashioned glass and rim with sugar.
- Muddle 3 cranberries and orange wedge inside glass.
- Add rye whiskey and bitters to a cocktail shaker with ice and gently stir.
- Strain into the muddled, sugar rimmed glass.
- Create a candy-cranberry kabob as the garnish.
- Serve immediately.
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