American Trilogy

Richard Boccato, Dutch Kills & Michael McIlroy | New York City

When Richard Boccato and Michael McIlroy worked together at Little Branch in New York City they collaborated to create this riff on the Old-Fashioned. Brown sugar mingles with a half-rye, half-Applejack backbone to shift the classic into a slightly darker place.


Serving: 1

  • 1 ounce rye
  • 1 ounce Applejack, bonded
  • 1 brown sugar cube
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

Garnish: long, curly orange peel

  1. In a rocks glass, add sugar cube and saturate with orange bitters.
  2. Gently muddle to make a granulated paste.
  3. Add whiskey and ice (preferably an oversized cube).
  4. Garnish with a long, curly orange peel.