The Ol’ Dirty Fashioned is a shilajit infused play on the grandfather of all cocktails, the old fashioned. Shilajit is one of my favourite drink ingredients. It has an incredibly bitter, smoky taste that can dominate other flavours but if it is balanced properly it adds a complex and unique undertone. It is incredibly mineral rich, highly prized in ayurvedic medicine, and a great bringer of focus and mental clarity (If you want to get into more detail, go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shilajit). Shilajit originally became a staple for me as a hang-over cure. We put a drink called the shikanji on our menu (shilajit, lemon juice, honey, camu camu, salt, and soda water) about 6 months ago, and our staff and industry friends quickly discovered it puts you back together after a big night like nothing else. So it got me thinking, why not just put it into a cocktail and go right to the source?
Ol’ Dirty Fashioned Recipe
1 ½ oz Rye Whiskey
1/8 tsp shilajit powder
½ oz simple syrup (1:1 sugar and water)
2 dashes angostura bitters
Palo santo smoked orange juice ice cubes (infuse organic orange juice with smoke and freeze in an ice cube tray, if you don’t have a kitchen smoker, just make ice cubes out of orange juice, your cocktail will still be delicious)
Method: Dry shake all the liquid ingredients in a Boston shaker (dry shake means no ice) to mix in the shilajit, then pour into a rocks glass over 2 smoked orange ice cubes and stir until cold. I find that the Ol’ Dirty Fashioned hits it nadir of flavour when the OJ ice is about half melted, so sip slowly.
I love this cocktail because it brings together all the elements of my teenage years growing up on Salt Spring Island: whole foods made from scratch, love, organic gardens, Royal Reserve rye whiskey (you got a sticker every time you bought a bottle!), and gangster rap, were all a big part of my life at 17. So here we are now, a rye based cocktail, containing beneficial super-foods, named after one of the greatest rappers of the ‘90s, and served at be love. Oh, and did I mention that we smudge the organic orange juice ice cubes with the sacred Amazonian wood palo santo?