Yield: 12 servings
1 (750 ml) bottle rye or bourbon
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) simple syrup, see note
½ cup water
12 dashes Angostura bitters
12 maraschino cherries
12 slices orange
Note: To make simple syrup, mix equal parts sugar and water in a small pot and heat to a boil, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved. For this recipe, brown sugar works best. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Mix together rye or bourbon, simple syrup, water and bitters in a pitcher; stir until well combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. To serve, pour a generous 2 ounces (¼ cup) mixture over ice and garnish with cherry and orange slice.
Recipe by Jen Kubiszewski