Today I thought I’d share a cocktail recipe that I’ve been trying to perfect over the last year. My mission was to develop a gentleman’s cocktail that reminded me of the smokey flavors I love from a day out at the range, with ties back to what is considered the oldest known cocktail. I present to you, the Officer & Gent take on an “Old Fashioned“, this is the O&G Gunslinger.
The base for this drink can be either Bourbon or Rye Whiskey. I’ve tried a few different distillers, and as much as I wanted this to be a Bullet Rye drink (Bullet in the Gunslinger), it did not have as smooth a flavor as other Bourbons or Ryes that I would recommend to you today.
Spirits found to work best with this cocktail are:
- Rye: Rittenhouse or Templeton
- Bourbon: Buffalo Trace or Duke
- 2 oz Rye or Bourbon Whiskey
- 12 ml Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Aromatic Cocktail Bitters
- 1 tsp Bourbon Smoked Sugar
- 1 oz Club Soda
- Garnish: 1851 Colt Navy
Step 1: In a rocks glass, add 1 tsp Bourbon Smoked Sugar
Step 2: Wet the sugar down with 12 ml (drops) of the Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Aromatic Cocktail Bitters
Step 3: Add 1 oz of Club Soda or Pellegrino sparkling water.
Step 4: Crush the sugar with a wooden muddler.
Step 6: Pour in 2 oz of Bourbon (or Rye).
Step 7: Stir and enjoy.
Firearms are a fine thing, and so are cocktails or spirits.
These two things, however, do not mix.
– CPT Mills