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Sweet Potato Old Fashioned

Kursten Berry's Sweet Potato Old Fashioned, a fall old fashioned riff
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This recipe from Kursten Berry gives the typical old fashioned, which she considers the “perfect drink,” an earthy, sweet taste by using a sweet potato simple syrup to turn it into a seasonally ready, fall old fashioned. This dresses up the classic beverage, the seasonal flavor making it a fun, unexpected choice to serve at family Thanksgiving or other gatherings. Berry recommends using the rich and creamy sweet potato syrup from woman-owed, New Orleans-based El Guapo. She also uses their barrel aged vanilla bitters to add warm, baking spice notes.

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yields

Serves 1

    Ingredients
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • ½ ounce El Guapo sweet potato syrup
  • 2 dashes pecan bitters
  • 4 dashes El Guapo barrel-aged vanilla bitters
  • Garnish: Beautiful Briny Sea orange chili sugar or orange peel
steps
  1. Combine bourbon, sweet potato syrup, pecan bitters, and El Guapo barrel aged vanilla bitters into mixing glass or shaker with ice. Stir or shake for 15 seconds.
  2. Wet half the rim of a rocks glass and coat in orange chili sugar. Strain over a king cube into prepared rocks glass or simply garnish with an orange peel.
  • Recipe By
    Kursten Berry
  • Contributing City
    Atlanta

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