On a recent visit to The District American Kitchen and Wine Bar in Phoenix I had the pleasure of trying a bunch of their new signature winter cocktails. Though they were all quite good the one that really stood out for me was the Pecan Rye Old Fashioned.
The cocktail is a seasonal twist on the classic Old Fashion, using a pecan infused rye and a cranberry orange simple syrup for the intense flavor. You might not think this would work but the pecan pairs well with the oak flavor found in most rye whiskey.
Pecan Rye Old Fashioned
1.5 oz. Pecan Infused Templeton Rye
1oz Orange Cranberry Simple Syrup
Garnish: dried cranberries and orange slice
Pour all ingredients over sexy ice and serve garnished with dried cranberries and orange.
Cranberry Orange Simple Syrup
1 cup dried cranberries
zest and juice of 2 oranges
1 knuckle of ginger
25 dashes orange bitters
1 tsp clove
2 cups sugar
2 cups water.
Bring to a boil over medium heat.Once sugar has dissolved strain and bottle.
Pecan Infused Templeton Rye
Infuse 3 cups pecans into 1 bottle Whiskey, let sit for 1 week