Winona Hawkins

Orlando Franklin McCray, Blind Barber | New York

winona hawkins

“If a guest wants ‘an Old-Fashioned but not an Old-Fashioned’ I’ll make them something like this,” explains McCray of his “fruit-washed” Old-Fashioned, which calls on dehydrated cranberry- and orange-infused whiskey for a shelf-stable spin that cleverly nods to the “new-fashioned,” post-Prohibition take on the drink, which incorporated muddled fruit, marring the cocktail for decades.


Serving: 1

  • 2 1/4 ounces "fruit-washed" whiskey (see Editor's Note)
  • 1/4 ounce banana liqueur, preferably Giffard
  • 6 drops cranberry bitters

Garnish: dehydrated orange wheel, cranberries

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass over ice and stir until chilled.
  2. Strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube.
  3. Garnish with a dehydrated orange wheel and cranberries.
Editor's Note

"Fruit-Washed" Whiskey:
5 grams dehydrated orange powder
5 grams dehydrated banana powder
5 grams dehydrated cranberry powder
1 750ml bottle whiskey, preferably Smooth Ambler Rye

Combine all ingredients together and let the mixture infuse for 10 hours. Using a centrifuge or a strainer, remove the solids before rebottling.

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