Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 6:51 a.m.
It's no secret: classic cocktails are making a strong comeback. Just like chefs, bartenders frequently come up with their own interpretations of the tried and true. Sometimes by accident. Kapow! Noodle Bar's Kerry McCabe stumbled into his favorite drink recipe by accident.
McCabe frequently makes up bourbon cocktails for one of the Mizner Park valet guys -- after work, of course. "I decided to make him and Old Fashioned one night," says McCabe, "It tends to get kind of crazy behind the bar sometimes. I accidentally grabbed strawberries instead of cherries and muddled them up. And the drink was delicious. So we decided to call it the New Fashioned."
Kapow makes vanilla infused bourbon in-house. To get the same result split and scrape a vanilla bean pod and throw it into the Bulleit Bourbon. Add chopped apples and cinnamon sticks. Let the mixture sit for two to three weeks. Remove the apples, but hold on to them for use as a garnish. Strain. Kapow stores the bourbon infusion in oak barrels.
2 ounces Vanilla Infused Bulleit Bourbon
1 Orange Slice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Dash of Angostura bitters
Step One: Muddle the orange slice and strawberry in a rocks glass.
Step Two: Add a single square ice cube to the mix.
Step Three: Pour the bourbon over top.
Step Four: Add a dash of bitters.
Step Five: Stir everything together.
Step Six: Enjoy!