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Sit down at any bar in America and ask for an Old Fashioned. What you will most likely end up with is something along the lines of whisky, bitters, sugar, ice, and citrus garnish. While stylistically, this drink is very similar to the “first” Old Fashioneds being served in the early 18th century, the history of this cocktail is anything but simple.
The first time the Old Fashioned is mentioned can be found in a 1806 article which mentions a mysterious cocktail containg spirits, water, bitters, and sugar. Naturally, this cocktail began to take upon many different expressions, some choosing gin and rum instead of whisky. By the end of the century, the Old Fashioned was commonly the cocktail of choice for a curious experiment. Liquors such as Curaçao and Absinthe were added to even further change what the Old Fashioned could be. Though the peripheral aspects of the old Fashioned continued to be fluid, the essential nature of the cocktail persisted.
Today the Old Fashioned is still being experimented and tested with different ingredients to create something both entirely new and classic. Its oxymoronic essence has allowed the “Old” Fashioned to evolve and take upon various expressions.
At Utopian, we have decided to take a stab at creating our own version of the Old Fashioned using our Cold Brew Blend. The Cold Brew will stand in place of the alcohol, and we have decided to add another unique twist by creating a spiced simple syrup to act as the sweetening agent.
Spiced Simple Syrup Recipe:
1 Cup Water
1 Cup Brown Sugar
2-3 Full Cloves
2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
5 or so Cardamom Pods (Smashed)
(If not using bitters, I suggest adding Star Anise to add some more depth to the overall flavor)
Add these ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat. I then store this for a few days before filtering and using. The longer the ingredients sit together the more potent the flavors become!
Spiced Old Fashioned:
Rocks Glass with Ice
4-5 oz Cold Brew
approx. 1/2 oz Spiced Simple Syrup
2 dashes Angotsura Bitters
Garnish with Citrus Peel
The Utopian Spiced Cold Brew Old Fashioned
At Utopian, we are always striving to generate new ways for our customers to connect with coffee, and this year we decided to create an awesome new blend to highlight one of our favorite coffee drinks: Cold Brew.
Cold brew is a method for brewing coffee that produces a smooth and refreshing cup of coffee totally ready to drink on a balmy, summer day! Similar to making a French Press, cold brew utilizes a full-immersion method, which means the coffee grounds will be completely saturated in water. The difference is you will not need hot water, but you will need nearly an entire day to allow the coffee to allow the brewing to take place!
Our blend is created using an heirloom Ethiopian which brings forth notes of subtle fruits and chocolate, while hearty Colombian beans bring a smooth mouthfeel and hints of lime. The result is a full-bodied and refreshing cold brew that is sure to help you cool down on a hot summer day.
To make Cold Brew you are going to need some basic supplies and a bag of our Cold Brew Blend.
2 – Large Jars (Approx. 40 ounces)
1 – Paper Coffee Filter or Roll Cheesecloth (or both!)
4 oz Utopian Cold Brew Blend
- Grind coffee to a coarse sea-salt like consistency
- Pour ground coffee into a clean jar.
- Fill jar with approx. 32oz cold water (leave 3” clearance – coffee grounds will degas and will need sufficient room to expand).
- Allow to sit in refridgerator for 18-24 hours (keep covered).
- After allowing to brew, remove the jar from refrigerator and uncover.
- Use cheesecloth or a coffee filter to cover the lid of a new clear jar. Pour the cold brew over the filter and into the new container!
- Pour cold brew over ice and enjoy!
If the flavor is too strong, feel free to dilute with cold water, milk or a similar substance. This recipe will yield a bold but smooth beverage. We hope you enjoy this refreshing summertime blend as much as we do!
*Cheesecloth will remove larger particles – the coffee filter will remove smaller particles giving you a cleaner taste, but this will also take much longer to filter than the cheesecloth. At Utopian Coffee, we suggest trying both and finding what works best for your setup!