My favorite hard drinks are ones that some people consider “girly” drinks–or maybe worse, “old man” drinks–like a glass of bitters or an old fashioned. Hopefully people who saw Ryan Gosling mix an old fashioned in “Crazy Stupid Love” will treat this drink with a little more respect. But whether they do or not, I’ll still enjoy it.
Last Friday my wife and I went out for a drink after work. I think it might be the first time we’ve gone out for a drink since our daughters were born. We met at BRGR. My wife tried a gimlet made with Boyd and Blair local vodka, but of course I ordered an old fashioned. The woman tending bar made a great version of this classic drink. And a funny thing: she crushed the fruit. Most of the time people just put the cherry on top as a decoration, but she crushed it a little. And it was great. Not a complete reinterpretation of a classic, but a good application of the bartender’s craft. Good application of craft is one of my favorite things.
If you’re going out for a drink this weekend, I hope it’s a good one. As for me, I look forward to my next adult beverage. Maybe next year. 😉