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Optimist Old Fashioned

A delicious mashup of two bold whiskey drinks.

“This is a riff on a Monte Carlo, but leaning towards an Old Fashioned,” says bartender Stephanie Andrews of this bourbon cocktail from Spindle Bar in North Carolina.


  • 2 oz. bourbon (Andrews uses 100-proof)
  • 1/2 oz. Bénédictine
  • 2 dashes chocolate bitters (or Bittermens Xocoltl Mole Bitters)
  • 2 dashes Reagan's orange bitters
  • Tools:mixing glass, barspoon
  • Glass:Rocks
  • Garnish:orange peel


Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and stir for 15 seconds. Strain over a large ice cube and express an orange peel, then drop into the drink.

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