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“Strength and Guidance” Cocktail

Drink like Drake for this year’s Grammys

It’s been rumored that rapper Drake is a big fan of an Old Fashioned, so in honor of his Album of the Year-nominated record Views, the Grammy’s official after-party caterers crafted this cocktail. This cocktail uses traditional Old Fashioned ingredients but adds a splash of apple spiced syrup to bring the kind of warmth that only a Drake record can.

This recipe is courtesy of Patina Restaurant Group.


For the apple spiced syrup:

  • 1 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cup apple juice
  • 1/8 Teaspoon apple pie spice

For the cocktail:

  • 1/2 Ounce apple spiced syrup
  • 2 Dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Orange peel
  • 2 Ounces Jameson Irish Whiskey


For the apple spiced syrup:

In a saucepan, bring sugar, apple juice, and apple pie spice to a boil.

Cook until sugar dissolves.

Remove from heat.

Once cool, store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated.

For the cocktail:

In a glass, add the syrup, bitters, and orange peel.

Use a muddler to gently press the orange peel to release the citrus oils.

Add the whiskey and stir.

Add ice cubes and stir again.