Fatally Yours Old Fashioned

Bradley Johnson

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Fatally Yours Old Fashioned

My friends were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary on Halloween. They were married in a beautiful castle and I was honored to play murder ballads with my band at the time in the dungeon.   

She asked me to create a cocktail to commemorate this special occasion. It challenged me, to say the least. Do I go with a Halloween themed cocktail? Too gimmicky. Do I create a love themed cocktail? Too disingenuous.   

I needed something with simple components, similar to a lasting love tale. Yet, complex in the individual parts that make up an everlasting union. Yes, the Old Fashioned is a cocktail enduring enough for this challenging. It’s all of these things. One must pay attention to all the small details for it to be perfect. One ingredient out of order and the balance is thrown off. Much like everlasting love.  

This drink is divine. It’s like a slice of cake.


3 oz Toasted Coconut infused Bourbon

.40oz Spiced Peruvian Mocha syrup

.30oz Blackberry syrup

3 dashes Spiced Cherry Bitters

Orange peel expressed over top

Fresh blackberry and Luxardo cherry garnish


Pour ingredients over ice cubes in glass mixing vessel. Stir for 15 seconds to achieve proper dilution. Strain over ice ball. Express orange peel over top, rub around the rim and place into glass. Garnish with a blackberry and maraschino cherry  

Spiced Peruvian Mocha syrup: Going 4 green cardamom pods, 2 whole cloves, 1.2 cinnamon stick, , 3 allspice berries, 1 vanilla bean, 5 tspn cacao nubs in mortar and pestle. Grind 35 grams of fresh roasted whole bean Cajamarca Peruvian single origin coffee. Add all ingredients into mason jar with 525 ml fresh cold water. Place in fridge for 8 hours. Strain through cheesecloth.  

In saucepan, add cold brew with equal parts Demerara sugar and dissolve at low heat. Remove from heat to let cool.

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