I found out a couple of things quite quickly when I started grilling, you need good knives and everyone seems to have a different opinion as to what constitutes a ‘good’ knife. Because of this, it was a few months before I made a major purchase. I wanted time to see how much I would use them and in what capacity. This would determine which knife I needed first, and allow me to assess the prices a little.
At the time of writing, I have 4 main knives:
- A Victorinox long blade carving knife
- A ProCook Nakiri knife
- An IO Shen Utility knife – 5″ blade
- An IO Shen Chefs knife – 9″ blade
This variation on the classic Old-Fashioned is beyond easy and there is no need to own a muddler to make it. If that essential tool (which you should have) has barred you from enjoying an old-fashioned-like drink, then this recipe is the answer for you.
In reality, the Old-Fashioned has always been little more than a fancy way to serve bourbon on the rocks and in that respect this recipe is spot on. Though traditionalists will miss the process and flavor added by muddling oranges, the sweet and bitter enhancements are still here.
- 2 ounces Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey
- 1/4 to 1/2 ounce rich simple syrup (to taste)
- Dash Fee Brothers Aromatic Bitters
- Lemon peel garnish
Steps to Make It
- Stir the Knob Creek, simple syrup, and bitters in a mixing glass filled with ice.
- Strain into an old-fashioned glass over a large ice cube.
- Garnish with lemon peel.
- Ice is essential to add to the shaker while stirring this drink. This will dilute the drink just a little bit more and release the bourbon’s finer aromas and flavors. Remember, that Knob Creek was bottled at a proof that was meant to be cut with water, so you will be doing the whiskey justice.
- A rich simple syrup is recommended here and that is a syrup that is made with 2 parts sugar to 1 part water. If you have a 1:1 syrup available, add just a little bit more than recommended above to have a nice balance of sweetness.
- The large ice cube is key to serving this drink. It will keep the drink cold for longer than it should take to drink and less water will dilute the whiskey, keeping it flavorful throughout.
How Strong Is the Knob Creek Old-Fashioned?
|Knob Creek is a strong bourbon whiskey and, at 100 proof, it is stronger than many whiskeys. This Old-fashioned recipe adds very little to it so the finished drink remains pretty strong at around 33 percent ABV (66 proof). It is just slightly weaker than a straight shot of 80 proof whiskey.|