Add a little chocolate to your old-fashioned with a chocolate-infused rye whiskey. Recipes like this are one of the great things about a drink like the classic old-fashioned; it's a perfect base for some wonderful and very tasty experiments. Joy Richard of The Franklin Café in Boston created this one and it's definitely a winner.
Chocolate is the featured flavor in her cocoa old-fashioned, but it comes via two interesting sources. First up is a rye whiskey, which obtains its chocolaty flavor from a three-day infusion of cacao nibs. The second chocolate element is a few dashes of bitters, which adds a sweet and spicy touch that works wonderfully with the drink.
Unlike other chocolate drinks, this is not sweet. Instead, it's a nicely balanced drink that may transform your thoughts of what chocolate can do in cocktails.
Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this cocktail is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and assembly.
Make the Chocolate-Infused Rye Whiskey
Gather the ingredients.
In an infusion jar, add cacao nibs and fill the jar with rye whiskey.
Shake well and allow the infusion to set for 3 days, or until you get a nice, balanced flavor.
Once it reaches your desired flavor intensity, strain out the nibs and rebottle the whiskey. It can be stored like any other whiskey.
- Cacao nibs (lightly processed beans) are now relatively easy to find because they're popularly used in granola and smoothies. A search online or in the grocery store should turn up a number of options. You can use either roasted or chocolate-covered nibs in the infusion.
- Nearly any whiskey will work for the infusion, though the spiciness of rye is a great backdrop for the sweet chocolate. Experiment with a few brands and styles to see which you prefer.
Make the Cocoa Old-Fashioned
Fill the glass with ice and add the infused whiskey.
Serve and enjoy!
- As an alternative to a brandied cherry, muddle a fresh cherry or a real maraschino. Avoid the bright red maraschinos as they're artificially dyed and flavored after bleaching. Your drink would be better off without the cherry.
How Strong Is a Cocoa Old-Fashioned?
Most old-fashioneds are simply a way to dress up and show off the whiskey, so there's not much to knock the alcohol content down. Just a little lighter than the whiskey's bottling strength, this recipe mixes up to 29 percent ABV (58 proof).