Project Description

Spiced Old Fashioned

1 Serving
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Difficulty Level
Active Prep
Active Prep:
25 min for clementines
add 5-10 min for cocktail
Total Time
Total Time
1.5 hours for cocktail
Plus syrup cooling

In the world of cocktails, the Old Fashioned is the friend that never betrayed you. A standby. Tried and true, and willing to risk change once in awhile for the fun of it. This is a sturdy version for fall. For those crisp nights by the fire. And a good one to lean on when the impending deluge of family takes you down.


for the candied clementines

Place the clementine slices in a medium saucepan and add enough cold water to cover. Bring just to a boil over high heat, then remove the slices to a plate. Discard water and wash out pan. Return the pan to the stove, pour in 2 cups water, sugar, cinnamon stick and clove. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Slide in the clementine slices, lower the heat, and maintain a slow simmer for 1 hour. Using a slotted spoon, remove the clementines and arrange slices in a single layer on a parchment-lined tray (or a silicone mat). Let the fruit and syrup cool, then put the clementines in a jar, cover with the syrup, and store in the fridge. (Makes about 16 slices and 2 cups syrup.)

for the old fashioned

Put the ice cubes in a rocks glass. Pour in the rye, bitters, clementine syrup, and seltzer. Stir gently. Arrange the culatello and clementine slice on a skewer and rest over the top of the glass. Plop the clementine in the drink, and then nibble at the meat while sipping.


candied clementine

  • 2 clementines, sliced about 1/8-inch thick, ends and seeds discarded (about 16 slices total)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 whole clove, optional

old fashioned

  • 6 ice cubes
  • 2 1/2 ounces 100-proof rye
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 teaspoon clementine syrup
  • 2 ounces seltzer
  • 1 slice culatello prosciutto
  • 1 slice candied clementine
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