My first test of a new simple syrup is always an Old Fashioned. For this version, I prefer smoked cinnamon bitters and ginger bitters to bring out the orange and clove flavors in the simple syrup and bourbon, but orange and Angostura would also work.
If you love whiskey sours in the summer, you can easily adjust the cocktail to fall flavors with the use of spiced syrups. You can also add half an ounce of apple brandy. High-quality apricot and pear brandies also boost seasonal flavors.
Ahhhh, the Sazerac cocktail, the official drink of New Orleans…what a drink, and what a history! It has stood the test of time, rolling with the ups and downs of the changing world and people’s changing tastes.