Martinis & Murder Cocktail Recipe: Old Fashioned

Pair this classic whiskey cocktail with Episode #95, “The Disappearance of Stephanie Condon.”

By Gina Pace

As we ponder the case of Stephanie Condon, a young woman who disappeared from a small Oregon town while babysitting one evening, our mind naturally goes to what booze comes from Oregon.

I will stop using the “royal we” and just admit it was only me, and I was alone thinking about Westward American Single Malt Whiskey. It’s made in Portland, Oregon and is part of a growing category of whiskies in the United States that are known as American single malt. 

Most of the time you hear about single malt Scotches from Scotland, which means it’s made from 100 percent malted barley and at the same distillery rather than a blend of different whiskeys. This is the same idea – made in Oregon just from barley grown in the Pacific Northwest. 

Another cool fact is that when they were developing the whiskey, they worked with well-known Oregon craft breweries like Rogue to make the wash, which is the first step of the whiskey distilling process that is similar to brewing a beer.

The “royal we” decided that Matt the Bartender, John Thrasher, Daryn Carp and Baby Tersh would try Westward in a classic cocktail — an Old Fashioned in fact. Here’s how to make it:

2 ounces Westward Single Malt Whiskey
1 teaspoon of rich simple syrup (2:1 sugar to water)*
2 dashes bitters 

Stir ingredients with ice cubes for 20-30 seconds or until well chilled.
Strain over fresh ice in an Old Fashioned glass and garnish with a large swath of … ORANGE PEEL. 

To drink it the “Johnny-boy way,” we recommend way more than a Tershbern of simple syrup. And avoid oncoming orange peel.

Sip while listening.

[Video: Emily Spada]

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