How To Make A Mr Hyde-Approved Old Fashioned

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Welcome, friend. You’ve arrived here because we, your pals at Mr Hyde, have recently gifted you an exceptional bottle of Canadian Club rye whiskey. No no, really, the pleasure is all ours.

Of course, you can enjoy that exceptional bottle of Canadian Club rye whiskey in any which way you see fit. Drink it neat if that’s your jam. But we’d like to pipe up with what we’d be doing with that booze if we were you. We think you’re holding an amazing addition to our all-time favourite cocktail: the Old Fashioned.

Now, there are two ways we can approach this OF business. First, the simple way: you throw 50ml of that belly-warming fire water into an iced glass along with a teaspoon of sugar syrup and a dash of bitters. Yeah, pretty good, sure. But the other way is, well, it’s something else. Really.

We’ve enlisted the help Martyn “Simo” Simpson, owner of London’s best whisky shop and our go-to Old Fashioned drinking hole Milroy’s, to create an exceptional recipe just for us, tailored specifically to the bottle you’re holding in your very hands. Here’s everything you’ll need to serve yourself Mr Hyde’s Canadian Club Old Fashioned tonight.

60ml Canadian Club whiskey A gift to you, from us. You’re very welcome.
15ml Byrrh A red wine-based aperitif that’ll bring out the richer side of your whiskey in this cocktail.
10ml demerara gomme Really simple sugar syrup made by adding a ratio of 1:1 hot water and demerara sugar together and allowing it to cool, to bring the signature deep sweetness.
2 dashes of orange bitters To open up the rye element of the Canadian Club and bring another level of spice to the drink.
2 dashes of bourbon barrel bitters To emphasize the spice, round off the drink and “elongate the palette”. Of course.

Now what?

1. Acquire a large ice ball and fit it inside your favourite double Old Fashioned glass. Lesser humans will “make do” with ice cubes in their glass, but one large single mass of ice is the choice of the seasoned pro: it will melt slowly, reducing the rate of dilution in your drink and keeping the cocktail fresher for longer.

2. Pour your ingredients into an iced vessel and stir together, then strain the lot into your glass and over the ice ball.

3. Cut yourself some orange zest, and rub it along the rim of the glass before attempting to artfully make it into some sort of garnish.

4. Retire to a leather arm chair with a battered tome from your favourite American author, and consume very slowly.