The Sweet Tea Old Fashioned
An Old Fashioned Cocktail, with a twist! This classic cocktail has been given a swanky southern makeover with the addition of sweet tea.
Friends, you are in for a treat, because my hubby Lieutenant Dan, is sharing one of his locally famous cocktails today…
Lt Dan: My great grandmother is the person who taught me to drink. (Bet you don’t hear that every day!) This post, in some strange way, will tie her and Ryan Gosling together. Seriously.
Grandma Rosie was born sometime around 1910, I think.
She was a super cool cat; one of my most favorite people. She passed away a few years ago at 97 years young, but lived those years to the fullest. I have extremely fond memories of spending time with her, especially the last 20 years of her life.
Grandma Rosie and my great grandfather came to America on the boat. They moved here from Hungary and started a life together. In her 20s and 30s she was an executive secretary (administrative assistant for you politically correct types) for the Studebaker Company. She would weave me exciting tales of train rides to Chicago, swing dancing with my great grandfather, and life in general during those times.
What I remember most is how she talked about cocktails – especially the classics.
Crystal Barware from Villeroy & Boch.
Martini lunches, Manhattan’s at the dance club, Gimlets at home on the weekend – this was part of the culture during those times.
My earliest memory of Grandma Rosie was her insistence of making me a Shirley Temple every time I visited her house when I was younger. The Shirley Temple’s grew into Martini’s when I turned 18 and Grandma Rosie insisted that I know how to make a “proper classic cocktail”. My love of cocktails was born at that moment. I’m not sure if it was the cocktails themselves, or the wonderful memory of Grandma Rosie.
She was a stickler for the classics and that they were always prepared properly.
After college and married, I still visited Grandma Rosie every time I went North to see my family. We would go on a date to a little Mexican restaurant we both enjoyed. We would drink margaritas, eat quesadillas, and she would tell stories about the old times, always interjecting a “new” classic cocktail recipe for me.
So this month’s Cocktail with Lieutenant Dan is a spin on the classic Old Fashioned Cocktail.
While Mrs. Spicy and I were watching the movie “Crazy, Stupid, Love” a few months ago, I noticed Ryan Gosling making a cocktail I actually was not familiar with. It was an Old Fashioned Cocktail with bourbon, orange, and sugar cubes, and it looked awesome.
I proceeded to test it at home, trying different bourbons each time. I even tried one at a restaurant in Raleigh, NC that had bacon infused bourbon. (Which was awesome by the way.) Yet now that we are officially southerners, I thought I would put a little southern spin on this great classic.
So without further ado – I give you the Sweet Tea Old Fashioned Cocktail. I’ll be drinking one on my porch swing, thinking of Grandma Rosie…
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Sweet Tea Old Fashioned Cocktail
1 sugar cube
2 dashes of bitters
1 lemon wedge/slice
1 orange wedge/slice
1-2 Maraschino cherries
1 oz. club soda
2.5 oz. Fire Fly "Sweet Tea" Vodka
Put the sugar cube into the bottom of the glass and pour 2 dashes of bitters over the top. Muddle to disolve the sugar cube.
Fill the glass with ice, then squeeze the lemon and orange wedges into the glass. Keep the wedges to garnish the glass.
Add the club soda and Fire Fly Vodka. Stir.
Rub the lemon wedge around the rim, and garnish with the lemon wedge, orange wedge and a cherry.