how to make a Terry Draper Cocktail

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how to make a Terry Draper Cocktail

Have I ever mentioned that Terry makes a mean cocktail? Terry makes a mean cocktail – and we have the groaning cocktail cabinet to prove it. (I say, “cocktail cabinet” – it’s one of our kitchen cupboards. It’s the thought that counts, though, right?)

Terry doesn’t really follow recipies when he’s making cocktails – or not very strictly, anyway. He’ll normally look up the recipe of something new he wants to try, but we can both be a little fussy with our cocktails, so he’ll gradually tweak and refine it until he gets his own version on whatever he’s making – or sometimes something totally different.

This cocktail was originally based on Don Draper’s favourite drink: The Old Fashioned. In Terry’s hands, however, it’s evolved into something a little more fresh and zingy: I call it the ‘Terry Draper’, and here’s how he makes it:

  • 1 Shot of Whisky (Doesn’t have to be expensive)
  • 1 Shot of Triple Sec (Or any orange liqueur)
  • 2 Shots of Water
  • 3 Shots of orange juice  (Roughly the juice of one orange)
  • The zest of roughly a quarter of an orange
  • Some ice cubes
  • You might need some sugar syrup or plain sugar to balance the sweetness to your taste
  • A piece of orange to garnish

How to make a 'Terry Draper' cocktail - a fruity twist on Don Draper's drink of choice, the Old Fashioned  -

As I said, if you’re making this, don’t expect it to taste like a classic Old Fashioned, because it don’t. I’m not sure Don Draper would approve, to be honest. If you prefer your cocktails a lighter fresher and fruitier, however (and a touch lighter on the whisky), you just might like it.


[P.S. Terry asked me to point out that the cocktail in the photo is actually a double – so multiply everything by two!]
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  • Cheers Amber! I’m tempted to try this out now. I tend to go for more creamy milky cocktails but from time to time I like a fruity cocktails and orange does add that little zest you need in your life.

    January 30, 2015
  • That sounds delicious!

    January 30, 2015
  • Oh… cocktails are the thing I miss most about becoming tee-total! This one would be right up my street, as well… And how pretty does it look?!

    January 30, 2015
  • I have been doing the Dryathalon for Cancer Research Uk this month, so I think I’m going to mix one of these up on Sunday as my reward!

    January 30, 2015
  • One of my favorites is an Old Fashioned. I might like this one too. It looks delicious! My guy makes all our drinks, so I’ll have to show him this. 🙂

    January 30, 2015