Sunday Night Cocktail – The Omar Bradley

General Bradley, meet Colonel Taylor.

General Bradley, meet Colonel Taylor.

As legend has it, while General Omar Bradley was serving in North Africa during World War II, he discovered a striking lack of fresh oranges for muddling in his Old Fashioneds. Of course, being a resourceful general, a little thing like missing oranges couldn’t hold the General back. Like any good soldier, he improvised, and added a little orange marmalade to his whiskey instead. And thus was born, The Omar Bradley– an Old Fashioned with twist.

The recipe is a simple one, and can be built right in the glass for minimal trouble. Grab your favorite bourbon (or rye if you prefer), some orange marmalade, bitters, and a squeeze of lemon juice. I used my newest acquisition– Col. E.H. Taylor Small Batch bourbon (bottled-in-bond!) which seemed particularly appropriate. The result was a smooth Old Fashioned with hints of orange and lemon. The marmalade and lemon do a wonderful job of taking a little bite off the bourbon without taking away any of the character. The bourbon still shines through wonderfully, and retains its unique character.

Here is the recipe that I used:

– 2 oz bourbon or rye
– 1 tsp of marmalade
– Squeeze of lemon
– Dash of Angostura bitters

Gently muddle the marmalade, lemon juice, and bitters at the bottom of a rocks glass until well mixed. Add ice. Pour 2 oz of bourbon over the ice. Stir. Enjoy.

Just because you're at war in the desert, doesn't mean you can't have a good cocktail.

Just because you’re at war doesn’t mean you can’t have a good cocktail.

Thanks to Derek Brown and The Columbia Room in Washington DC for introducing me to this great cocktail. Brown has written previously about it in The Atlantic, as has Eric Felton in The Wall Street Journal.


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