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Happy Hour: Mashed Old Fashioned "East Coast" Style

Happy Hour: Mashed Old Fashioned "East Coast" Style

The other night geeksugar, PartySugar and I went to grab a much-needed drink after work. I was leaning towards a champagne cocktail, but wasn't 100% sold, so I asked Scott - our bartender at Perbacco - what his favorite drink was. He started talking about how fantastic a Mashed Old Fashioned was and then proceeded to say you can tell a lot about a person by what they drink.

So what does it say about me that I almost ordered a froo-froo strawberry puree champagne drink, but switched to Scott's favorite Mashed Old Fashioned instead? Does it say that I'm almost prissy and girly, but really I'm tough and jaded instead? Oh my! I suppose if that's what it takes to get a darn great drink, then so be it, because my drink was fantastic (thanks Scott!) and would definitely kick that champagne cocktail's behind. For the recipe,

Mashed Old Fashioned East Coast Style
Adapted from a drink by Scott at Perbacco

1 slice orange
1 slice blood orange
2 brandied cherries
1 tsp fine sugar (or small sugar cube)
1-2 dashes of bitters
2 oz bourbon or rye (see note*)
ginger ale


In a chilled old fashioned glass, muddle oranges, cherries, sugar and bitters. Add ice, pour whiskey over it and stir. Top off with a quality ginger ale (this is what Scott says makes it "East Coast"). Drink up!

Oh and I think it would look a lot tougher without a straw, but I think the straw might be my champagne cocktail side speaking out...

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SU3 SU3 9 years
Wow, that sounds good. :DRINKS:
VolleyJen14 VolleyJen14 9 years
so true bigestivediscuit, my boyfriend does the same thing!! they always claim they don't like "girlie" drinks, then next thing you know, they're finishing them before you have a chance!
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Interesting! Glad you tried something new and enjoyed it!
Tech Tech 9 years
I think it means you're daring, willing to adapt and always in need of adventure. Should I start making fortune cookies?
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
Mmm sounds good, refreshing, and perfect for the summer! It reminds me of my favourite summer drink: Pimm's and lemonade/aka 7up. There's no shame in wanting a girly drink - I was making fun of my boyfriend last weekend we went to a bar with friends and he had his own beer in hand but was taking secret sips of my girl cocktail. It didn't help that he exclaimed, "Whoa, this is nice!"
LuciLu LuciLu 9 years
I agree with you Party! Sometimes I just want something sweet, other times Id rather live a little "dangerously". Hard to judge. :) But that drink does sound delish!
partysugar partysugar 9 years
Yum, I think it means you like a variety of flavors in your drinks! I have always thought the drink you order has to suit your mood and I know how we were both feeling that day. It was definitely a hard liquor without a lot of sugar moment.
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