After the bourbon, ice is the most critical component in Cross’ interpretation of the Old-Fashioned. It’s where she stashes certain flavors she hopes to unlock as the drink warms—namely, toasted coconut, a key basenote in Elijah Craig. She prepares a flavored mixture that is frozen into the glass on the bias (in other words, a diagonal slab, slanted from the bottom of one corner to the top of another). As the ice melts, the cocktail becomes infused with its flavor.
- 2½ ounces Elijah Craig Small Batch
- ½ ounce Frangelico
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
Garnish: orange twist, white and purple orchids
- Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and stir.
- Pour into a double Old-Fashioned glass prepared with a frozen ice mixture (see Editor’s Note).
- Express an orange peel over the drink and discard.
- Garnish with white and purple orchids.
1 ounce toasted coconut flakes (unsweetened)
1 ounce demerara syrup (2:1 ratio)
2 ounces water
2 dashes pecan bitters
3 drops saline
Combine ingredients and let the mixture sit at room temperature for 1 hour. Strain 2 ounces into a double Old-Fashioned glass, and freeze on a bias.