A California Spin on a Classic Cocktail

The Sonoma County Distilling Company was founded in 2010 in the heart of Sonoma County tasked with producing high quality whiskeys for the discerning whiskey drinker.

Their focus is Grain to Glass – every level of the production is handled in-house. With a refined barrel program and California coastal climate, they craft a distinctive style that is steeped in traditional values but fueled by modern taste. Here’s the recipe for their version of the Old Fashioned cocktail.

Sonoma Old Fashioned
Sonoma County Distilling’s version of the classic Old Fashioned features their West of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey No. 3. Building on the traditions of Kentucky Bourbon and showcasing the spirit of California’s ingenuity, they start with American Yellow Corn and age it in new charred American oak. The secondary rye grain and tertiary grain of malted barley on top allows a hint of dark, dulcet flavor to emerge without too much smoke or sweetness.

2 ounces West of Kentucky Bourbon No.3
1 sugar cube
4 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 splash of club soda
1 orange wheel and 1 Boozy Cherry (see recipe below)

In an Old Fashioned glass, muddle the sugar cube, bitters and soda water. Add the Bourbon and top with ice. Garnish with an orange wheel and a boozy cherry. Drink.

Boozy Cherries
3 cups Rye or Bourbon Whiskey
2 cups turbinado sugar
Juice of 1/2 orange + peel
3 lbs. cherries (fresh or frozen)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
12- 8oz canning jars

Combine the whiskey, sugar, vanilla extract, orange juice, and orange peel in a saucepan. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer, whisking constantly until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Add cherries to the saucepan stir in and make sure cherries are well coated with syrup. Remove the pan from the heat. Pour the boozy cherries into a jar and seal. Allow the contents to cool to room temperature before transferring to the refrigerator. Chill for at least three days before using. The cherries will keep for up to one month. Double the recipe to make a large batch as these make an excellent gift for any cocktail enthusiast!

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