Old Fashioned Cocktail Infusions


The Old Fashioned is an all time classic cocktail.  It's simple ingredients combine for a distinct taste.  After buying a Sous Vide immersion cooker a couple of months ago and being inspired by several cocktail infusion recipes I found browsing around the internet, I paired up with food stylist Jim Rude for a photoshoot. The theme?  A new take on the classic old fashioned cocktail.  

To create the infusions I pulled out some mason jars and filled them first with bourbon.  Next, we added the infusion ingredients.  In the first jar we put roasted thai chili peppers and grapefruit zest.  The next jar contained a cinnamon stick, Luxardo cherries and cherry syrup.  If you've never tried one of these cherries it is a MUST.  These are not your run of the mill red number five maraschino cherry.  They are a product of Italy and cost a pretty penny, but taste amazing!  Our other jars we filled with water to make two flavored syrups.  Both syrups started off with brown sugar and lemon zest.  Next we added fresh ginger pieces to one jar and rosemary sprigs to the other.  

After infusing the bourbon and syrups in the immersion cooker for two hours at 145 degrees, we let the liquids cool.  Now it was time to start mixing!  Here is where you can get creative and mix the cocktails however you like.  It's all about trying different flavors until you find the perfect mix of flavors.  On the scale of fun testing photoshoots, this one is defiantly at the top of my list!


Cinnamon Cherry Infused Old Fashioned

Cinnamon Old Fashioned with Muddled Luxardo Cherries & a Smoking Cinnamon Stick


A proper drink, at the right time – one mixed with care and skill in the true spirit of hospitality – is better than any other made thing…
— David Wondrich

Muddled fresh blackberries with ginger syrup, bourbon, bitters, and a splash of soda over ice.  Topped with blackberries and an orange twist.

Your favorite bourbon mixed over ice with rosemary infused syrup, honey, bitters,, and soda.  Garnished with a lemon slice and fresh rosemary sprig.

Thai chili & grapefruit infused bourbon chilled and garnished with grapefruit and a chili peper.

Cinnamon and cherry infused bourbon served at room temperature with Luxardo cherries.

Stay tuned for the full recipes coming soon to Jim's blog!  www.rudeonfood.com/jims-blog