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.
  • While it is tempting to use the standard Laird’s Applejack, Don’t Do It. Use the “bonded.” Yes, it is more expensive but the apple flavor is so much more prominent in the bonded, its worth the extra $8~$10 bucks.