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    Cocktails with Heather: Pre-Batched Dewar’s Old Fashioned

    By Heather Freyer–

    Rich and sumptuous, a Dewar’s Old Fashioned can help take the chill off a cold winter’s night. Treat your pandemic time “pod” members with this crowd pleaser, made all the easier when pre-batched.

    Pre-Batched Dewar’s Old Fashioned

    750 ml bottle of Dewar’s 12- or 15-year-old Scotch Whisky
    1/2 cup water
    2 ounces simple syrup (if you make your own, dissolve equal parts of light or dark brown sugar with simmering water; for this recipe, brown sugar will give the drink additional caramel notes)
    1/2 ounce Angostura bitters
    lemon and orange peels for garnish
    cocktail cherries (if desired)

    Using a funnel, pour the Dewar’s, water, simple syrup, and bitters into a 1-liter resealable bottle. Close the bottle and gently rock the contents back and forth a few times to combine. If needed, add more simple syrup or bitters to taste. Chill the sealed bottle in the fridge until ready. Serve the drink on ice in a rocks glass. Garnish each serving with lemon and orange peel and a cocktail cherry. Makes 18 servings.

    Heather Freyer is a beverage expert who is the Vice President and General Manager for Open West States at Bacardí USA. Previously she was with Trinchero Wine Estates, Castle Rock Winery, Cost Plus World Market, and more.

    Published on January 13, 2022