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...