Though a traditional Old-Fashioned is made with whiskey, “you can put in a little something else,” says Leyenda proprietor Ivy Mix. At her bar, which spotlights the spirits and cultures of the Caribbean and Latin America, the “something else” can mean a measure of Jamaican rum. In this variation, jam made with tamarind—a sweet-sour fruit frequently used to sweeten drinks and food in Mexico—plays against the mild acidity of verjus, the pressed juice of unripened grapes.
- 1 ½ ounces Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon
- ½ ounce Jamaican rum, preferably Appleton Reserve
- 1 teaspoon verjus, preferably Wolffer
- 1 teaspoon Tam Jam (see Editor's Note)
- 2 drops 20% saline solution (10:2, water:salt)
- 5 drops Bittermens celery shrub
Garnish: Grapefruit twist
- Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.
- Pour into a rocks glass over a large ice cube.
- Garnish with grapefruit twist.
Blend together 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar, 1/2 cup sour tamarind and 4 ounces water until smooth. Bottle and refrigerate.