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The Reason You Should Add Brown Sugar To An Old Fashioned
By Elizabeth Pak
With key ingredients of rye or bourbon, Angostura Bitters, an orange peel slice, a maraschino cherry, and a sweetener, the Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail whose notoriety dates back to the 1860s. Many modern professional and home bartenders prefer to add a sugar cube as their sweetener, but there's one alternative that can add a deeper, richer flavor.
Brown sugar is known for its unique caramel, toffee-like flavor thanks to the added molasses, and just one teaspoon can make your Old Fashioned warm and cozy, like a batch of fresh chocolate chip cookies. If you don't have any in your pantry, you can substitute brown sugar for coconut sugar, maple syrup, or honey.
To make this deciduous drink, add one teaspoon of packed brown sugar to your glass and muddle until the sugar dissolves; then, introduce other ingredients like bourbon and bitters, and garnish with whatever you prefer — an orange peel, cinnamon stick, etc. Once you try adding brown sugar to your Old Fashioned, you'll find it difficult to sip any other way.