The Cubed Old-Fashioned Cocktail

Yesterday we looked at how to make old-fashioned simple syrup. Now it’s time to put it to use in the complex and wonderfully imaginative Cubed Old-Fashioned.

The History

The Cubed Old-Fashioned gets its name from tripling the amount of spirits and bitters found in a typical Old-Fashioned. In addition, the simple syrup has three ingredients as well. Jamie Boudreau, of Canon in Seattle, created the cocktail in 2010. In a blog post Jamie says, “I’ve added just as much flavor as is humanly possible.” He definitely achieved that feat. This drink is the most flavorful cocktail I’ve ever had. The complexity of all the ingredients working together is like nothing I’ve tasted before.

I tried asking for the Cubed Old-Fashioned when my wife and I visited Canon on Christmas Eve two years ago. Boudreau looked to the bar, I’m assuming to judge the business of the bartenders, and said it wasn’t available. When the founders and I visited Canon in June I asked for this drink again. The waitress didn’t know what it was and I noticed the bartender asked Boudreau how to make it. I’m not sure why it’s not permanently on the cocktail menu. Maybe because it’s so complex to make. When it was delivered to our table I passed the drink around and we all agreed it was one of the best cocktails we’ve ever had.

The Recipe

Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain into a chilled old-fashioned glass with a large ice cube. Garnish with orange peel and a cherry (pictured above).

The Execution

Here are a few tips to help perfect the cocktail:

  • Honestly, I didn’t have the brands of cognac, rum, bourbon, or chocolate bitters called for in the recipe but my version with Pierre Ferrand 1840 Original Formula Cognac, Flor de Cana Gran Reserva 7-year, Woodford Reserve, and Scrappy’s Chocolate Bitters still tasted great. My advice, if you live in Seattle, would be to visit Canon and try the drink for yourself. Then try to duplicate the taste at home with the ingredients you have. If you don’t have any of them, buy what the recipe calls for. They’re all quality products at a reasonable price.
  • Do yourself a favor and buy large ice cubes. Large cubes melt slower (more on this in a future post) and look twice as good. Tovolo sells a silicone tray for only $7.99.

One of the beauties of the Old-Fashioned cocktail is it’s great on its own and the ingredients provide a good base to go forward with experimentations. I’ve tried many variations of this iconic cocktail and the Cubed Old-Fashioned is hands down my favorite.

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