The staff at Kansas City, Mo.’s Julep Cocktail Club wanted a seasonal take on the classic Old Fashioned that emphasized some of fall’s favorite flavors and ingredients. This recipe from co-owner and bar manager Beau Williams uses Barbadian rum, which lightens the drink, and apple cider syrup for added sweetness. Bonus: The syrup can be further reduced and drizzled over everything from warm apple pie a la mode and coffee cake to pancakes and waffles.
Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice, and stir until well-chilled.
Strain into an Old Fashioned glass.
Express the oil of an orange twist over the drink, then drop the twist into the drink.
*Apple cider syrup: In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup apple cider and 2 cups brown sugar on medium heat, stirring constantly to emulsify the sugar. Once the liquid reaches a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and continue to stir occasionally until the liquid’s consistency coats the back of a spoon. Add 1 pinch salt, stir, remove it from the heat, and allow it to cool. Transfer the syrup to a Mason jar, and store for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.