The Old Fashioned

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This is my father’s coveted Old Fashioned, served lovingly and on trays at the best of family celebrations.  Each drink is made individually.

Dad’s Old Fashioned
1. Put a sugar cubes into an old fashioned glass.
2. Shake the bitters over the sugar cubes so the bitters soak into the cubes. Then smash the sugar cubes and fill the glass with ice.
3. Pour over with 2½ shot of any whiskey or brandy (recommend Jack Daniels).
4. Add selzer to fill the glass ~ more whiskey than selzer.
5. Garnish with a slice of orange, a maraschino cherry and cinnamon stick.

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Chocolate Whiskey “Truffles”

This Jack Daniel’s and gingersnap infused truffle recipe literally came in the mail in the 1990’s. It came with a subscription card to Bon Appetit Magazine, saying, “Our Christmas Gift for You; Makes an extra-sweet holiday gift from your Kitchen.”

trufflesBon Appetit advertised, “Gingersnap cookies add an unusual and delicious twist to these chocolate treats. So elegant. So easy! For gift giving, place truffles in small paper candy cups, then arrange in decorattive boxes.”

Chocolate Whiskey “Truffles”
Makes about 2 dozen
8 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
½ c. (1 stick) unsalted butter
2/3 c. finely crushed gingersnap cookies
3 tbsp. Jack Daniel’s Whiskey
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Dad’s Tom & Jerry’s

A traditional, festive recipe from my Irish father.

Dad’s Tom & Jerry
6 eggs
1½ lbs. XXX sugar (powdered or confectioner’s sugar)
Rum
Whiskey
Nutmeg

Make a batter by first separating the eggs.  Beat the whites to a stiff and dry froth, adding about ½ of the sugar to the whipped egg whites.  Beat yolks until thick, about 5 min. adding a little sugar. Then mix the whites and yolks together in a Tom and Jerry bowl, adding the remaining sugar slowly and a little at a time until the batter is stiff.

Serve as follows: Fill Tom & Jerry mug with1 – 2 tbsp. of the egg mixture, (about ¼ of the mug).  Add 3/4 jigger * rum, ¼ jigger * whiskey to each mug, stir well.  Then fill, a little at a time while stirring continuously, the mug with boiling water. Grate nutmeg on top. Serve.

* Note a jigger is about 1½ fluid oz. (U.S.)