How to Make a Brewski Old Fashioned Beer Cocktail

Kindred Spirits by | Nov 2016 | Issue #118
Photo by Geoffrey Smith

Crafted at Bramling Cross in Seattle, Wash.

The Brewski Old Fashioned is a hybrid of one of our favorite cocktails, the old fashioned, and the other love of our life: beer. We use Willett Pot Still Bourbon as the backbone of the drink and complement it with a local Oatmeal Stout from Salish Sea Brewing Co. in Edmonds, Wash. For the sweetness that would traditionally come from a sugar cube, we add a housemade vanilla Stout beer syrup.

1 oz Salish Sea Blackfish Oatmeal Stout (or another Oatmeal Stout, like Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin or Great Lakes Ohio City)
1 1/4 oz Willett Pot Still Bourbon
1/2 oz vanilla Stout syrup
3 dashes Angostura bitters
3 dashes orange bitters
orange peel and zest for garnish
Toschi cherry for garnish

Mix the bourbon, vanilla Stout syrup, and both bitters, and strain into a bucket glass with large ice cube. Stir in Oatmeal Stout, then garnish with orange peel and zest, and a Toschi cherry.

Vanilla Stout Syrup
Shave a vanilla bean into a Stout beer, bring to a boil, and then chill. Store refrigerated in a sealed container.