Hula Fashioned is a tiki version of an Old Fashioned using Jesse James Single Barrel Whiskey, pineapple simple syrup, bitters, and a sweep of mint. It’s a boozy cocktail with notes of smokiness, fruit, and a hint of mint.
It might come as a surprise that most of the time when shop for cocktails ingredients, I’m not 100% sure what I’m going to make. For instance, in this case, I was picking up a bottle of Jesse James Single Barrel Whiskey from Spec’s and whatever I did with it, I wanted to keep it as a booze forward cocktail. That’s it. An Old Fashioned, Sazerac, Manhattan all come to mind. While at Spec’s I came to the conclusion I wanted the whiskey to be the star but with a twist to a classic, so Old Fashioned route it was. The Jesse James Single Barrel Whiskey has notes of charcoal and oak, which lead me to want to push off those mellow and smokey flavors. I grabbed some aromatic bitters and headed off to H-E-B grocery.
One of my favorite fruits is pineapple. I ate so much pineapple when we went to Hawaii that I got mouth sores, I love it that much. To me, it’s the steak of fruits. It’s hearty and robust, making it perfect to stand up to those smoky flavors in the Jesse James Single Barrel Whiskey. I grabbed a pineapple and while I was at it, citrus and mint. For a moment I veered off and thought I might go the way of a Julep or smash instead. See, I sometimes have no clue what will happen.
After arriving home, I eventually settled back down the Old Fashioned road with a pineapple simple syrup, but it was missing something. In a last-ditch effort, I swept a bunch of mint around the whiskey glass, ala Julep style, and reassembled another pineapple Old Fashioned. There it was, the Hula Fashioned. The mint settled out the acid of the pineapple, the pineapple gives depth to the oak and charcoal of the Jesse James, and because I infused simple syrup with pineapple over muddling it in, it’s not a fruity cocktail. It’s a boozy cocktail with a hint of fruit. It was exactly what I wanted. Booze forward, smoky, and a hint of sweetness.
To think, I left the house without a clue of what I do.
HOW TO MAKE A HULA FASHIONED COCKTAIL
To make this you need to first make pineapple simple syrup. You’ll start by needing a 1/2 cup of pineapple juice. You can do this by juicing a pineapple, muddling pineapple in a bowl and fine straining it, or use 100% pineapple juice with no sugar added.
Then you’ll bring to a boil 1/2 cup of pineapple juice and 1/2 cup of sugar in a medium saucepan on the stove. Stirring until all the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. Keep in an airtight container for 7 days in the fridge.
Using an Old Fashioned glass you’ll gather 5 mint sprigs and twist the stems together to form a bunch. Lightly rub the mint along the inside of the glass releasing the oils until you can smell it.
Into a shaker of ice Jesse James Single Barrel Whiskey, pineapple simple syrup, and aromatic bitters. Stir for 20 seconds.
Add a few medium ice cubes to the Old Fashioned glass. Strain the cocktail into the glass. Garnish with a mint sprig from the bundle and a piece of grilled pineapple.
Hula Fashioned is a tiki-themed Old Fashioned using Jesse James Single Barrel Whiskey, pineapple simple syrup, bitters, and a sweep of mint. It's a boozy cocktail with notes of smokiness, fruit, and a hint of mint.
- 2 ounces Jesse James Single Barrel Whiskey
- 1/4 ounce Pineapple Simple Syrup
- 1 dash Aromatic Bitters
- 5 sprigs Mint
Take the mint and twist the stems together to form a bunch. Inside an old fashioned glass lightly rub the mint bunch around the inside of the glass enough that you can smell it. Set the mint to the side.
Add to a shaker Jesse James Single Barrel Whiskey, pineapple simple syrup, bitters, and ice. Using a bar spoon stir the drink for 20 seconds.
Add a few medium ice cubes to the old fashioned glass. Strain cocktail over the ice. Garnish with mint spring from the bundle and a grilled pineapple chunk.
Cut and juice a pineapple. If you don't have a juicer you can muddle pineapple in a bowl and strain it through a mesh strainer. You can also use store bought 100% no sugar added pineapple juice.
Bring to a boil 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of fresh pineapple juice in a medium saucepan. Stirring until all the sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container for 7 days in the fridge.
This is a perfect transition from winter to spring cocktail. It’s still got the warm smoke flavors from the whiskey but subtle hints to sunny day flavors like mint and pineapple. I’ll be sipping on this one for a while.
I took my Instagram followers around on a “follow me around” to see the process from the shopping car to bar cart. If you’d like to see and read more about how I develop out cocktails while shopping, let me know! I’d love to do this again. If you want to get your hands on the Jesse James Single Barrel Whiskey to make sure you get those mellow charcoal and oak notes in your cocktail, you can find it at your local Spec’s or at here at Reserve Bar Spirits.
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