Beet Old Fashioned Cocktail

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I’m not drinking too much these days. A bit of a teetotaler, I may sip a hefty splash of red wine here or a flute of champagne there (or, maybe two flutes) but liquor-filled drinks have been lower on my list. Cocktails are so very good — right? — but I’m just feeling like I need a break from the sugar, for now.

I don’t, however, need a break from the vegetables.

Beet Old Fashioned // Eat Boutique

In fact, I can’t stop thinking about a super boozy cocktail I had in Kennebunkport, Maine in February. It was gorgeous, filled with a red-hued, beet-flavored simple syrup and very good bourbon whiskey. I just loved sipping on my vegetables, so much so that I was hell bent on making my own.

For your cocktail adventures, I created this take on the very delicious Beet Old Fashioned. It uses golden beets, which are still available at the markets. Get yourself there and get a last look at cold-weather crops with a color that shouts SPRING (in ALL CAPS)!

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The simple syrup in this drink uses cane sugar but I also made a version using coconut sugar, to play around with alternative sweeteners. The version with cane sugar tastes like pure boozed-up beets, like a freshly dug salad, with bourbon. And though the coconut sugar simple syrup is a little more earthy in taste and darker in color, it worked well enough for a tiny drink, just a tiny one.

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I garnished the final cocktail with a shaved raw beet slice taken off the orb with a vegetable peeler. I didn’t stop at one slice. I kept peeling and peeling until I had a big pile of curvy slices to munch on during cocktail hour. And the cherries, well, I reached for a small batch variety.

This is my favorite: Lemon Bird Maraschino Cherries.

One tiny Beet Old Fashioned was the perfect memory of Maine. I wrapped up my jar of the Beet Simple Syrup to gift to a friend. She’s still drinking Beet Old Fashioned Cocktails and I’m scheming up my next veggie-filled drink.

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Beet Old Fashioned

Loosely adapted from bartender Mike Hollowell, One Dock, Kennebunkport, Maine

 

Ingredients:

Beet Old Fashioned
  • 2 tablespoons Beet Simple Syrup (see below)
  • 5 dashes orange bitters
  • 2 ounces bourbon whiskey
  • Ice
  • Splash of club soda (optional)
  • 1 slice raw golden beet, for garnish
  • 1 maraschino cherry, for garnish
Beet Simple Syrup
  • 1 pound golden beets, trimmed, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar or coconut sugar

Directions:

Beet Old Fashioned
  1. 1. To a low ball glass, add the Beet Simple Syrup, orange bitters, and whiskey. Stir to combine. Add a few ice cubes and serve. If you prefer, cut the strength of the drink with a splash of club soda. Thread a toothpick through the beet slice and cherry for garnish, and serve.
Beet Simple Syrup
  1. Place the beets and water in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the water is bright yellow, the beets are tender and the liquid is reduced to about 1 cup.
  2. Drain the beets from the liquid, and reserve the beets for another use. Return the liquid to the pot. Add the sugar and boil over medium-high heat until the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and cool. Pour into a glass container and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Photos styled and taken by Heidi/White Loft Studio.

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