The Old Fashioned Do Gooder: Mad Men Moments in the Age of Social Innovation

Did you know that Rachel Maddow has a Cocktail Moment?  During this election season, I have become a huge fan of hers and, last night, for the first time, I watched as she ended her week by sharing one of her favorite cocktails with us.  My partner and I just sat there, eyes wide and mouths agape, as she poured a new spin on the Old Fashioned.

I knew I liked her before but last night made me realize that I have found my Soul Mate.

Well, not romantically.  I am happily married (and I’d be legally married if I moved to Maryland, Maine or Washington…you all rock!)  But, I am all about mixing my serious work in the world with my side hobby of mixology.  You will see more and more of me doing just that here on this site.  Because, let’s face it.  Those times when we go with our friends, colleagues, or business partners-to-be to “grab a drink,” are the times when all of the best conversations happen.  The times when the best ideas are scribbled on cocktail napkins.  Those barroom negotiations don’t have to be reserved just for greedy, corporate white guys in suits.  Do-gooders like us shouldn’t be afraid to pour some bourbon and flesh out the next world changing project.

Mad Men moments in the age of Social Innovation.

In honor of my NSM (New Soul Mate), Rachel Maddow, and all of us Imbibers For Good, I offer you yet another spin on the Old Fashioned that my actual romantic soul mate and I LOVED last night.  Warning: I didn’t totally measure all of the ingredients so I am making them up now.

The Old Fashioned Do Gooder

2 oz of good bourbon – It doesn’t have to be as good as the one I used…I was very lucky to get this bottle as a birthday present
a few dashes of Angostura bitters
a few dashes of Bittermen’s Xocolatl Mole Bitters (another great b-day present)
1/4 oz of orange juice
1/4 oz of agave
orange peel for garnish

In an Old Fashioned glass, put in all the bitters, the orange juice, and the agave.  Stir.  Add ice to the glass and pour in the bourbon.  Garnish by squeezing the orange peel over the glass and rubbing it around the rim.  Enjoy and Do Good!


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