Knob Creek Austin
- To start, Hammett peels a grapefruit and adds two peels to a cocktail tumbler. Grapefruit, rather than lemon or orange, pairs better with the herbs he adds later. Hammett adds that grapefruit, rather than oranges, as they are easier to source locally in T
- Five to seven dashes of Angostura bitters are added to the grapefruit peels. Angostura bitters, with its closely guarded recipe, is a classic bitters choice for bartenders to bring balance to the drink.
- About one and a quarter part of tarragon-infused simple syrup is added next. Hammett sources the herbs from the local farm that supplies the produce to Swift's Attic. The tarragon highlights the spice in the Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey.
- He muddles the mixture in the tumbler to release the flavors, saying the muddling is based on "what feels right."
- The next step is adding two parts of ginger-infused Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey. To infuse the flavor, Hammett peels and muddles ginger and adds it to the rye. To fully infuse the flavor of the ginger into the spirit, he lets it steep for a full two weeks.
- Rather than adding water to cut the drink, he adds soda as it pairs nicely with the effervescence of the grapefruit and tarragon.
- Five pieces of cold-pressed ice go into the tumbler.
- Hammett then stirs the cocktail for 30 seconds.
- The completed New Fashioned is immediately poured into a double Old Fashioned glass.