Vanilla Bean Old Fashioned #SundaySupper

Vanilla Bean Old Fashioned

Wow, I think this may be the longest hiatus I’ve taken from blogging, ever! Two weeks. Not entirely planned. But, that’s another story for another day. Today we celebrate Sunday Supper! With a fantastic theme – Retro Food!!! How awesome is this one – today we’re all bringing you recipes from the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s – a culinary throwback to a different time.

As I’m sure you’ve no doubt noticed, vintage cocktails are all the rage right now, and I’m not fighting this trendiness one bit. Admittedly, my dear husband is the mixologist in our family, and lately we’ve been, as he puts it, stepping up our game on our drink making. We’ve let go of the sloppier, haphazard and sweeter mixed drinks of our twenties and swapped them for stronger, more mature, sipping-instead-of-sloshing cocktails now that we’re in our thirties.

vanilla bean old fashioned

So when Sunday Supper announced that today was Retro Food day – well, I immediately knew a throwback cocktail was in order. I chose one of the most iconic, the old fashioned, and gave it a (more modern?) twist by adding in the flavor of vanilla. Result? Utter deliciousness. Of course bourbon and vanilla are quite capable of being the bestest of all the bestest friends, so this pairing just works. The vanilla takes the edge off that straight up bourbon and adds an interesting almost-but-not-quite sweet note.

Vanilla Bean Old Fashioned

I highly recommend giving this one a try, it’s just so delicious and such fun to drink. Find yourself an evening you can slow down a little, fix yourself a glass of this baby, and serve some bar nuts alongside. You’re in for a perfect night! Enjoy!

Vanilla Bean Old Fashioned

And don’t forget to check out the rest of my Sunday Supper peeps!

{One Year Ago: Short Rib Chili; Iced Banana Cookies; Chocolate Chip Cookie Mini Scones; Banana Buttermilk Waffles; Gorgonzola and Spinach Spaghetti; Coconut Bread}
{Two Years Ago: Spaghetti Squash and Black Bean Tacos; Spinach Artichoke Paninis; Guinness Beef Stew; BLT Turkey Club Burgers; White Chocolate Mousse; Parsley Chive Biscuits; Banh Mi; Tex-Mex Cheesy Chicken Tart; Buttermilk Macaroni and Cheese; Broccoli Cheese Soup}

Source: slightly adapted from Bon Appetit Magazine, October 2008

¼ cup water
¼ cup granulated sugar
2 (1- or 2-inch) pieces vanilla bean, each split lengthwise
2 (1- or 2-inch) squares of orange peel, bitter pith removed with a sharp paring knife
1 tsp Angostura or orange bitters
Ice cubes
½ cup bourbon
2-4 maraschino cherries

Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Shut off the heat and cool – this is your simple syrup.
Place 1 piece vanilla bean, 1 piece orange peel, and ½ tsp bitters in each of 2 old-fashioned or regular rocks glasses. Using a muddler or wooden spoon handle, gently mash to blend and bring out the flavors (be very gentle here and don’t shatter your glass – that would be sad!).
Add 1 tbs simple syrup to each glass. Fill glasses with ice, then pour ¼ cup bourbon over ice in each glass. Stir very well to blend; make sure the bits of vanilla are well incorporated into the drink and not just sinking to the bottom of the glass. Garnish with cherries and serve immediately.

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36 responses to “Vanilla Bean Old Fashioned #SundaySupper

  1. Oooh, the addition of a vanilla bean sounds terrific! This is a cocktail that my parents frequently sipped 🙂

  2. Oh the vanilla bean with the cherries sounds fab in this!

  3. Mmmm, you’ve got me thinking, Julie. I have some vanilla simple syrup that might work very nicely in this beautiful drink. I’m sure that you are right and bourbon and vanilla are the very best friends!

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  5. I’m all for the comeback of retro adult drinks! I love the vanilla twist to your recipe, sounds like one we must try too!

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  12. Diana @DandelionGreens

    What a perfect blend of flavors! And perfect timing as I have some maraschino cherries leftover from my cookies!

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  24. I’m glad you’re back blogging and with such a great recipe! I hope you are doing well 🙂

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  26. Perfect to sip while enjoying some bourbon pecan pie. 🙂

  27. An old fashioned def is retro, but popular nonetheless today. Adding the vanilla bean must really taste great in the drink.

  28. I love that you added the vanilla to it! It’s a beautiful cocktail.

  29. We just recently started playing around with adding vanilla beans to drinks, it gives such incredible flavour. This one looks amazing.

  30. Ok, I’ve never had an Old Fashioned and this is definitely on my list to try! You three #SS peeps with your yummy drinks are going to introduce me to some new favs! Your presentation is perfect! Love it!

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  32. Yummmm this sounds delicious!!

  33. Nice cocktail – cheers!

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