The Elevated Craft Team
For this week's Friday Buzz, we present The Conference. This is a split-base cocktail that was created by Brian Miller at Death & Company in New York City. It uses the classic Old Fashioned template of a spirit, simple syrup, bitters, and citrus but calls for four different spirits as its base—rye, bourbon, apple brandy, and Cognac. Let us know your thoughts on this recipe by posting your comments on the EC Crew.
(Originally published 1/6/23)
½ oz. Rye Whiskey (Rittenhouse)
½ oz. Bourbon (Buffalo Trace)
½ oz. Apple Brandy (Calvados)
½ oz. Cognac (Courvoisier VSOP))
Barspoon demerara syrup
2 Dashes Aromatic bitters
1 dash Mexican Chocolate bitters
Apple slices for garnish
You can build this directly in your Hybrid Cocktail Glass.
Add a large ice cube and stir ingredients until chilled and diluted.
Garnish Orange and Lemon Twist .
Elevated garnish option = Apple Fan slices.
Elevate your presentation game by garnishing with an apple fan. To make the fan, cut a square slice and make a small slit on one side. Cut four ⅛ inch thick apple slices from half of an apple. Slide the square slice onto the glass. Beginning with a large slice and working toward the smallest slice, stick four apple slices onto the apple square.
Death & Co.'s recipe calls for a lemon and orange peel garnish, but I prefer to build on the apple flavor and aromatics from the Calvados by using apple slices for a garnish. Definitely try this cocktail both ways.
Dry January Option:
There's a variety of NA spirits out there, and I really enjoy Lyre's when I'm taking a break from imbibing. All The Bitter makes NA bitters in a variety of flavors to fully contribute to an alcohol-free old fashioned experience.