Cocktails of the Year 2023 | Indianapolis

‘Shmallow Old Fashioned

Contributed by Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), Indiana Chapter, inspired by Hotel Tango/Will Lehman.

Julep Strainer
Mixing Glass
Fruit Peeler

Coupe glass (8.5 fl oz)

1 oz (30mL) ‘Shmallow Toasted Marshmallow Bourbon
1 oz (30mL) Bourbon
2 dashes Chocolate Bitters
2 dashes Walnut Bitters
Ice, Large Cube

Expressed Orange Peel and a Walnut

Integration: In a mixing glass combine ‘Shmallow, Bourbon, chocolate bitters, black walnut bitters, and ice. Stir until chilled. Strain bourbon and bitters mixture over large ice cube in a rocks glass. Express orange peel oils over drink, perfume glass. Garnish with expression of orange peel. Discard peel. Garnish with a walnut.

• Measure precisely.
Stirring: add all your ingredients to the mixing glass before adding ice. Once ice is added, holding your barspoon as you would a pencil or chopstick, insert into the glass and rotate along the edge of the glass in a clockwise motion, holding the spoon loosely so that it can naturally turn with the edge of the glass. The cup, or inside bowl, of the spoon should always be facing the center of the radius of your stir. Allow the spoon to swivel between your fingers as you move your hand in a circular motion
Express and Perfume: Hold your orange peel 3 inches above and away from the top of the cocktail. Pinch the sides of your fruit peel to release aromatic oils over the cocktail. Then rub the remaining oils on the sides of the glass to “perfume” the glass. The peel can then be discarded.

‘Shmallow Toasted Marshmallow Bourbon: This is a product purchased directly from Hotel Tango Distillery out of Indianapolis, Indiana. If unable to acquire this product, you may attempt an infusion of your favorite whiskey with toasted marshmallow. In a non-reactive container add a bottle of your favorite whiskey. Lightly toast 5-6 marshmallows and add to your whiskey. Let sit for 7 days to fully infuse. Taste to see it has acquired the desired flavor profile (you may wish to infuse longer). Strain the whiskey through a coffee filter and serve.
Bourbon: Any Bourbon can be used as secondary component. I recommend Buffalo Trace or Four Roses. Rye, aged rums or Cognac could also be quite pleasing.
Chocolate Bitters: There are plenty of chocolate bitters on the market. I would recommend Woodford Reserve, Scrappy’s, or Angostura’s Chocolate Bitters.
Black Walnut Bitters: Fee Brothers is the only Black Walnut Bitters on the market. Fee Brothers tends to be more of a flavoring agent. So if you want a true “bitters” with subtle hints of walnut, try another brand such as Strong Water.
No Mixing Glass: If you do not have a seamless, large, stemmed mixing glass handy, use a pint glass.

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The ‘Shmallow Old Fashioned is a bucolic cocktail, recalling what one never drank as a child, in an Indianapolis that never had surrounding mountains or roaming cows (well, hardly ever). Do discussions of future opportunities have to be constrained by historical reality?

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