I enjoy the bold, spicy taste of Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey while I grill. The other day, as I sipped my drink and waited for the grill to preheat, the penny dropped. I can grill my oranges, adding smoky, caramelized fruit flavors to my Old Fashioned. Why didn’t I think of this sooner?
How do I grill an Old Fashioned? While preheating the grill for the main course, I put an orange wedge on the grate for a minute or two, long enough to give it good grill marks. After the wedge cools down for a minute, I squeeze a little of the orange juice into a rocks glass, muddle it with sugar cubes and a dash or two of bitters, and stir in some Knob Creek® Rye. Add some ice, the squeezed orange wedge, top with club soda, and I have a tasty beverage – just what I need to fortify myself for an evening of grilling.
Recipe: Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey Old Fashioned with Grilled Orange
- Rocks glass
Ingredients (makes one drink)
- 1 orange wedge
- 2 dashes of bitters
- 2 sugar cubes (or 1/2 teaspoon sugar)
- 2 parts Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey
- Club soda
1. Grill the Orange
Set the grill up for direct medium heat. (On my gas grill, I preheat the grill for ten minutes, then brush the grill grate clean with my grill brush.) Set the orange wedge on the grill grate, cut side down, and grill until it has browned grill marks and is a little singed around the edge, about 2 minutes. Remove the wedge from the grill, and wait for it to be cool enough to handle.
2. Muddle the sugar, bitters, and orange
Put the sugar cubes in a rocks glass, add 2 dashes of bitters, and gently squeeze some juice from the orange wedge into the glass. Muddle the sugar, bitters, and orange juice until the sugar is mostly dissolved.
3. Finish the drink
Stir the Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey into the muddled ingredients. Add a few ice cubes and the orange wedge to the glass. Top with club soda, stir, and enjoy.
- To make a traditional Old Fashioned, skip the grilling in step 1. Do everything as described in the recipe, and your Old Fashioned will be ready to drink. But, if you’re already lighting a grill, why not try a newfangled Old Fashioned?
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