My tree is up and my shopping is done. I only have to write and drink all month. But before we get down to drink no#1 there are new developments in the Cocktail Advent Calendar. If you travel down to the Rob Roy you can acquire your very own list of the cocktails that will be featured. If you dare to purchase 12 of the 24 cocktails, the Rob Roy will reward you with a $50 gift certificate, if you indulge in all 24, then $100 of Rob Roy bucks are coming your way.
Drink #1 The Walnut Old Fashioned
The Walnut Old Fashioned is one I’ve been hoisting up the flagpole for a few years but it only works in the winter months. The secret ingredient to this cocktail is Nux Alpina Walnut Liqueur, a boozy green walnut infused Austrian delight. Whereas most Old Fashioned are on some sort of whiskey base the Walnut Old Fashioned is on a base of Calvados. Calvados is an apple and pear brandy from France mostly distilled from foul, awful little apples, the kind that are for throwing at ones little brother rather than eating. But given a few yeas in oak, their spirit blossoms into something profound. The cocktail is finished with demerara sugar to balance the bitterness of the walnut liqueur and Angostura Bitters which is just a little dasher bottle of Christmas flavors.
The Walnut Old Fashioned
- 2oz Boulard Calvados V.S.
- .25oz Nux Alpina Walnut Liqueur
- .25oz Demerara Syrup
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters