We aim to bring you a seamless experience in luxury in every single box. However, even we have to admit that some months, the products and people involved compliment each other on a level that even we didn’t expect.
Highspire’s whiskey maker Austin Hope comes originally from a wine background, and you’ll note that upon breaking the blue wax seal on the bottle, opening it and inhaling. You get deep, woody, red-wine notes, thanks to his method of leaving a used stave inside the whiskey barrels while the spirit ages.
18.21 Bitters is a company from Atlanta, Georgia, and like Austin Hope, they love doing something the longer, more flavorful, chef-driven way with their syrups, bitters and tinctures. We use their Rosemary Sage Rich Simple Syrup as a drizzle on flatbread with goat cheese and fig all the time, in addition to constantly reaching for their tobacco-and-leather scented bitters on the bar when making Happy Hour libations.
Like me mentioned earlier, it gives us a warm and fuzzy feeling when two of our chosen collaborators actually work as well together as they do alone. This is a match made in heaven.
The Updated Old Fashioned
Yields 1 Cocktail
2 oz. Highspire Rye Whiskey
1 barspoon of 18.21 Rosemary & Sage Rich Simple Syrup
10 drops of 18.21 Barrel Aged Havana & Hyde Bitters
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass over ice. Stir until completely chilled. Strain into a Rocks glass over a large piece of fresh ice.
**We love taking a cue from cocktail bars on fun ways to serve drinks at home. We have Pouring Ribbons in New York City to thank for the hilarious and cheeky idea of pouring an Old Fashioned table-side, using a diner-styled syrup dispenser.