The Modern Old-Fashioned

1 cocktail

Update the traditional old-fashioned with this innovative recipe from Danny Meyer's "Mix Shake Stir" (2009; Little, Brown and Company). Also try:Mortoni, Cranberry Daiquiri


  • 4 dried cherries

  • 1 ½ ounces pear liqueur, such as Poire William

  • Ice cubes

  • 5 slices ripe but firm red Bosc pear

  • Splash of freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 2 ounces bourbon, preferably Michter's

  • ½ ounce Danny Meyer's Simple Syrup

  • Dash of Angostura bitters


  1. Place 3 of the dried cherries and 1/2 ounce of pear liqueur in a small bowl; let stand until cherries are plump. Thread cherries onto a small skewer; set aside. Fill a rocks glass with ice; set aside.

  2. Place 4 slices pear, lemon juice, and remaining cherry in the bottom of a cocktail shaker; muddle using a muddler or back of a wooden spoon. Add ice, bourbon, remaining 1 ounce pear liqueur, simple syrup, and bitters; cover and shake vigorously until well combined.

  3. Strain into prepared glass and serve immediately garnished with cherry skewer and remaining pear slice.

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