Improved Whiskey Cocktail

Recipe Description

I’ve gone through several drink-profile phases in my life. I will not go into the under-age kamikaze phase. Let’s start with the extra dry martini phase. (Extra dry meaning no vermouth whatsoever, one of my regular bartenders once told me. He made that one especially for me and I’m not proud of it.) Then there was the Manhattan phase–Manhattans and Marlboro Reds were my thing for awhile there (a long while). Then the fresh gimlet phase. Then there was my very fun “Tiki Mon” phase. And now I enter the Old Fashioned phase–maybe cause I’m actually getting OLD!! Let’s not go there either. In any event, the Old Fashioned and its variations are as close to straight bourbon–or rye–as I’m ready to get, but honestly, a little sumpin sumpin and you actually have an improvement on the straight stuff…perhaps this is why it’s called the Improved Whiskey Cocktail? In any case…it is scruuuuuummy!!!

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  • 2 ounces bourbon or rye
  • 1 barspoon maraschino liqueur
    Luxardo for example
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 dash absinthe
    If you can't easily get a dash out of your absinthe bottle, I think the in & out technique should work...that is, rinse or wash the inside of the glass with absinthe by pouring a little into the glass, swirling it around to coat the inside then dumping out anything that will dump.
  • 1 dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters
  • 1 dash Peychaud's bitters
  • 1 lemon twist


Put an old fashioned glass in the freezer.

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and stir until well chilled. Do NOT shake!



Remove glass from the freezer, put one large ice cube in the glass.

Pour chilled cocktail over the giant ice cube and savor this sublime libation!!!

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