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Liquid Alchemist Recipe


  • Author: Randy Tarlow
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Cuisine: Cocktail


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Build in glass with ice, stir until cold. Garnish with a dehydrated apple slice.

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The Liquid Alchemist Apple Old Fashioned cocktail syrup recipe is a fresh spin on this classic cocktail recipe. If you’re new to making cocktails and have not used cocktail syrups before you might be wondering how to find the right sweet balance in your recipes. The key to a great cocktail is to understand how to use cocktail syrups’ sweetness and blend it well with the tart taste of alcohol.

An old fashioned was one of the simpler and earlier versions of cocktails, before the development of advanced bartending techniques and recipes in the later part of the 19th century. Our apple cider cocktail syrup adds a spicy and sweet flavor to this time honored cocktail tradition. We’re sure the apple old fashioned will be a new favorite cocktail.

The original old fashioned recipe would have showcased the whiskey available in America in the 19th century: Irish, Bourbon or rye whiskey.But in some regions, especially Wisconsin, brandy is substituted for whiskey (sometimes called a brandy old fashioned). Eventually the use of other spirits became common, such as a gin recipe becoming popularized in the late 1940s.

Common garnishes for an old fashioned include an orange slice or a maraschino cherry or both, although these modifications came around 1930, some time after the original recipe was invented. While some recipes began making sparse use of the orange zest for flavor, the practice of muddling orange and other fruit gained prevalence as late as the 1990s.

Some modern variants have greatly sweetened the old fashioned, e.g. by adding blood orange soda to make a fizzy old fashioned, or muddled strawberries to make a strawberry old fashioned.

Modern versions may also include elaborately carved ice; though cocktail critic David Wonderich notes that this, along with essentially all other adornments or additions, goes against the simple spirit of the old fashioned.

Cocktail syrups have changed over the years with so many additives and preservatives it’s hard to distinguish between what is old fashioned cocktail syrup? Many bartenders have gone back to the basics and are making their own syrups in house as a way to get back to the cocktai’s roots. This can also prove time consuming, which is why we developed Liquid Alchemist syrups. Small batch, simple ingredient cocktail syrups without all the additives, dyes, and preservatives. Saving the bartender time and the at-home cocktail enthusiast the headache of getting the right flavor.

How long do cocktail syrups last? Our syrups can last in your pantry un-opened for two years. Once opened they need to be refrigerated and used within two months. This guarantees their freshness. What are you waiting for, time to try the apple old fashioned cocktail!


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