Thanksgiving has been on the brain and after seeing this cocktail on Tasting Table, I thought that I would give it a whirl. It sounded intriguing and utilized celery, a staple in Thanksgiving stuffing, but something that I can’t say I’ve ever used in a cocktail, aside from as garnish for a Bloody Mary.
This Thanksgiving, I was not hosting dinner and was instead invited to a friend’s home for dinner, which made my holiday much less hectic (phew!). I was charged with bringing a couple side dishes and of course a cocktail! So, since I wasn’t cooking a whole dinner, I had plenty of time to perfect my cocktail.
I was promising myself that this summer that I would use more clear spirits in my cocktails, but I haven’t been very good about that, and instead have found myself reverting to my whiskey ways. But that all stops with this Vodka cocktail! One Sunday evening, I was looking at the mint and cucumber sitting around and thought, that screams Vodka, and the Cucumberbund Cocktail was born.
The Old Fashioned is a quintessential cocktail. In my book, it is the ultimate cocktail. In fact, if pressed to choose one cocktail to drink for the rest of my life, it would be an Old Fashioned. An Old Fashioned is a whiskey cocktail and it is to whiskey what vodka is to the martini. It is simply just sugar, bitters, bourbon, and an orange peel. And though it is a simple cocktail in terms of ingredients, it has many complexities, and can easily be changed (though possibly not improved) by using different bitters, bourbon versus rye whiskey, and orange peel versus lemon peel.