My family is rearranging. Instead of going home to Montana for the holidays this year, I’m going to Charleston. Pretty different, right?! I’m doing my best to be a grown-up and focus on the inevitable oysters in my future, but the truth is I’m still trying to wrap my head around a Christmas without snow.
Last time I was in Charleston, I caved to my obsession with community cookbooks and picked up Charleston Receipts. Published by the Junior League of Charleston, it is the oldest Junior League cookbook in the country. It’s a historical document as much as it’s a cookbook, to say the least. There’s a decent-sized section of drink recipes, including a “Lazy Man’s Old Fashioned,” which I found particularly charming.
The Lazy Man’s Old Fashioned is simply a spoonful of orange marmalade, three dashes of angostura bitters, and a finger’s worth of bourbon. To my delight, the original recipe notes that the finger should be measured horizontally, not vertically. I made it two fingers, used some of Marisa’s three citrus marmalade that I made last winter, and the Lazy Lady’s Marmalade Old Fashioned was born. Initially, I was a little concerned about having chunks of orange peels floating around in my glass, but after one taste of the bourbon-soaked candied orange rind that awaits at the bottom of this drink, my reservations disappeared.
Marmalade Old Fashioned
- 1 heaping teaspoon marmalade
- 2 fingers bourbon
- 3 dashes angostura bitters
- Put the dollop of marmalade in your favorite bourbon glass.
- Dash 3 dashes of angostura bitters on top of the marmalade.
- Add two fingers of bourbon and stir.
- Top with as much ice as you'd like and enjoy.
adapted from Charleston Receipts.