CRAFTING THE PERFECT OLD FASHIONED

Explore the elegance of the Old Fashioned cocktail with Pacific Rails Bourbon. This guide highlights how the unique flavors of Pacific Rails Bourbon enhance this classic drink, offering a perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Pacific Rails Bourbon
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 1 sugar cube (or 1/2 teaspoon loose sugar)
  • Orange twist and cherry for garnish
  • Ice

Method:

  1. Place the sugar cube in an Old Fashioned glass and saturate it with the bitters. Add a dash of plain water.
  2. Muddle the sugar and bitters until the sugar is nearly dissolved.
  3. Fill the glass with large ice cubes, adding the Pacific Rails Bourbon.
  4. Stir the drink gently to combine and chill.
  5. Garnish with an orange twist and a cherry.

The key to a perfect Old Fashioned with Pacific Rails Bourbon lies in the balance. The bourbon's smoothness and flavor complexity need to shine through, complemented by the bitters and the subtle sweetness of the sugar. The garnish adds a final touch of aroma and flavor, making each sip a delightful experience.

WHY PACIFIC RAILS BOURBON IS IDEAL FOR AN OLD FASHIONED

Pacific Rails Bourbon brings a unique profile that elevates the Old Fashioned to new heights. This bourbon is distilled from a mash bill of corn, rye, and malted barley, a combination that yields a rich and complex flavor. The aging process in charred oak barrels imparts a deep amber color and a flavor profile that includes hints of vanilla, caramel, and a subtle spiciness – characteristics that harmonize beautifully with the Old Fashioned's traditional ingredients.

What sets Pacific Rails Bourbon apart is its smoothness and balanced character. At 90 proof, it's strong enough to hold its own against the sweetness of the sugar and the bitterness of the bitters, yet it doesn't overpower. This balance is crucial in an Old Fashioned, where the bourbon should be the star, complemented but not overshadowed by the other components.

PAIRING FOODS WITH PACIFIC RAILS BOURBON AND OLD FASHIONEDS

When it comes to enjoying a well-crafted Old Fashioned made with Pacific Rails Bourbon, pairing it with the right food can elevate the experience to new heights. The rich and complex flavors of the bourbon, combined with the cocktail's sweet and bitter notes, make it versatile for a range of culinary pairings. Here are some food pairing suggestions that harmonize beautifully with the unique character of Pacific Rails Bourbon in an Old Fashioned:

  1. Cheese and Charcuterie
    - A classic charcuterie board with a selection of cheeses, cured meats, nuts, and fruits is a fantastic start. Opt for cheeses like aged cheddar or gouda, which complement the caramel and vanilla notes in the bourbon. Add some smoked meats to echo the smoky undertones of the bourbon.
  2. Dark Chocolate
    - The bitterness of dark chocolate pairs wonderfully with the sweet and spicy profile of Pacific Rails Bourbon. Whether it's a rich chocolate dessert or just a few squares of high-quality dark chocolate, this pairing is simple yet sophisticated.
  3. Roasted Nuts
    - A simple yet elegant pairing, roasted nuts like almonds or pecans bring out the nutty and earthy notes in the bourbon.

FINAL ADVICE

In conclusion, Pacific Rails Bourbon is not just a good choice for an Old Fashioned; it's an exemplary one. Its balanced profile, rich flavors, and smooth finish make it an ideal bourbon for this classic cocktail, promising an experience that's both traditional and contemporary.

Whether you're a seasoned Old Fashioned aficionado or new to the world of bourbon-based cocktails, Pacific Rails Bourbon offers a taste that respects the legacy of the drink while adding its own distinctive character. So, the next time you're in the mood for an Old Fashioned, reach for a bottle of Pacific Rails Bourbon and savor the perfect blend of history and craftsmanship in your glass.

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