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2015 Best Cocktails in America: Toasted Old Fashioned

2015 Best Cocktails in America: Toasted Old Fashioned

Not only has America’s love for cocktails grown tremendously in recent years, so has the skill of those who prepare them. Restaurant Hospitality’s editorial staff selected 16 top cocktails prepared by mixologists around the country. See all winners >>

Toasted Old Fashioned Cocktail

Category: Whiskey/Bourbon

Restaurant: Gunshow, Atlanta

Creator: Mercedes O’Brien

Inspiration: “This is the first cocktail I created for Gunshow. It combines my love of the old fashioned, Kevin’s (chef/owner Kevin Gillespie) love of cinnamon and the bruleed method used in iconic tableside dessert carts.”

Key Ingredients: Bourbon, bitters, burnt sugar syrup, bruléed cinnamon, flamed orange.

Price: $10

What the Judges Said: Ms. O’Brien, whose title is cocktail cart conductor, prepares cocktails tableside, which is quite entertaining for customers and a brilliant method to generate more cocktail sales. She, too, elevates the Old Fashioned while making a show of it, which would merely be delightful if the cocktail in question did not live up to the performance. It does! The burnt sugar syrup adds a caramel flavor that traditional syrup does not. Add to that the deep and fragrant flavors of bruléed cinnamon and flamed orange, and you’ve got a cocktail that deserves a standing ovation.

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