An equal-parts combination of rye, Jamaican rum, madeira and rancio sec, Fort Nite re-casts the Old-Fashioned at a lower octane without losing the integrity of the original—something that bartender Julia McKinley does particularly well. “I wanted to do something that obviously incorporated lower ABV ingredients, but still had enough of a punch.” Rye provides the traditional Old-Fashioned backbone, while Madeira and rancio sec add both sweet and dry complexity. “And of course rum,” says McKinley, “because I love rum.”
Julia McKinley, Young American | Chicago
- 1/2 ounce malmsey Madeira, preferably Blandy's 5 Year
- 1/2 ounce rancio sec
- 1/2 ounce rye, preferably Wild Turkey 101
- 1/2 ounce Jamaican rum, preferably Appleton Reserve
- 1 barspoon Petite Canne Sugar Cane Syrup
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 1 lemon peel
- Express the lemon peel into a mixing glass and discard.
- Add remaining ingredients and ice and stir until chilled.
- Strain into a rocks glass over a large cube of ice.