Look, I love whiskey. I like to think it’s in my blood and somehow ties me to my Scottish ancestors. But really, at the end of the day, I just want a good drink. And I’m a neat girl – I don’t even add a drop of water or those novelty ice rocks. So when I dared to make a festive whiskey cocktail, I was not 100% sold.
For starters, I had never made a cocktail before. Up to this point, my idea for a fancy drink was my Aunt Mary’s Christmas punch (made with Passion Pop, I’ve since discovered). Or sometimes at home I can make a humble gin and tropical juice if I feel like it. No measure, of course.
I always thought cocktails were an expense reserved for OTT parties celebrating great success. All this scrambling and mixing felt like a lot of work to me when I could just pour myself a glass of wine. But one man changed everything for me: Stanley Tucci. The greatest gift this year of dumpster fire has given us are Stanley Tucci’s home videos teaching us all how to make classic cocktails.
He makes it seem like a class act – and he made it a 5pm ritual every day. Now it’s a daily routine that I might forget. So, in Stanley’s mind, here is my attempt at Thanksgiving Old Fashioned. Yes, a festive whiskey cocktail. It’s the season and everything.
60 ml Westward American single malt whiskey
8 ml chai tea syrup
3 dashes of old-fashioned bitters
Pour the whiskey, chai tea syrup and bitters into a mixing glass with ice and stir to dilute it a little. Then filter it into a highball glass with a large ice cube (large spheres of ice are great here because they take a long time to melt). Top it off with a cinnamon garnish, but torch one end first to bring out the flavor (I used my gas stove because I don’t have one of those little burners). And tah-dah!
It’s so easy that I made two of them on a Saturday night at home for no other reason than it was a Saturday night. Tip: fancy glasses definitely set the mood. There is something about swirling a drink in a crystal glass that instantly makes you feel classy. Like you can date Stanley Tucci for real.