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Going Stag

Part 2 of 4: Signature Drink 1: “Going Stag” using Jim Beam Red Stag

In a time long ago, “The Old-Fashioned” was considered “the man’s cocktail order” or “something your grandma or grandpa drank". That was then and this is now, just as we used to send physical letters and call relatives long distance; today we like each other’s statuses on Facebook.  As the world changes it develops and improves on old technologies and mythologies; cocktails are not exempt from this process.

Every bartender leaves their own personal touch when crafting “The Old Fashioned”, this helps to elevate the cocktail and propel the process of change. My go to recipe has morphed over the years, and today I’m adding an additional wrinkle to it: Red Stag. The Jim Beam Red Stag is excellent in our version of “The Old Fashioned”, its black cherry flavoring blends perfectly to create a smooth yet distinct modern cocktail.

Level of difficulty: medium

Ingredients: Jim Beam Red Stag, Sprite or 7-up, Orange Bitters, simple syrup, cherries, and an orange.

Tools: muddler, jigger, spoon, rocks glass

- Cut the orange into ¼ inch half slices.

- Take the orange slice and rim the inside/rim of the glass with the peel facing your palm.  

- Place the orange slice from step 2 in the bottom of the glass with a cherry.

- Add ¼ oz of simple syrup to the fruit at the bottom Add 3 dashes of orange bitters to the other ingredients.

- Add 2 – 2 ½ ounces of Jim Beam Red Stag

- Muddle the ingredients until the orange is smashed and the cherry is blended with the bourbon (if you don’t have a muddler, use the end of a wooden spoon).

- Add ice and a light pour of Sprite or 7-Up.

- Stir the muddled fruit to evenly distribute throughout the glass.



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