April 26, 2013

Donny Draper

As perhaps the only human being in the western world I don't get Mad Men - as in have tried, but have not caught the bug. However the impact the series have on pop culture - and the interest it sparks in certain classic cocktails is fine with me.

I like the occasional Old Fashioned and it's fun to play with.

What caught my eye when I spotted the Donny Draper was the sassafras syrup. I love root beer which is quite hard to come by in Denmark in a good quality.

So I set about getting some dried cut up sassafras root and was success full at the online store that supplies me with china bark for home made tonic water.

I followed the recipe for the syrup from this recipe for the Donny Draper and then I was ready to mix:
  • 3 barspoons of sassafras syrup
  • 3 dashes of Peychaud's bitter
  • 6 cl rye whiskey - I used Pikeville
Mix the syrup and bitter in the bottom of an Old Fashioned glass, add the rye and a huge ice cube and stir until the glass clouds over on the outside. Then twist a short peel of lemon over the drink and drop it in.

Very simple and very complex as the ice melts - sort of like the world as we know it.

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