2 oz. barrel proof rye whiskey (such as Stellum Rye)
1/4 oz. Amaro Nonino
1 tsp. maple syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 dash of Peychaud bitters
lemon, for garnish
Combine the whiskey, maple syrup, amaro, and bitters in a mixing glass.
Add ice and stir until chilled, 25 to 30 seconds.
Rinse the inside of a rocks glass with Herbsaint and add a large ice cube.
Strain the contents of the mixing glass into the rocks glass, garnish with a lemon twist.
The ‘Electric Amber’ Old Fashioned
Electric Amber, our Color of the Year for 2024, is a color that conjures up ideas of warmth, depth, earth, and light. Those elements are distilled into our Electric Amber cocktail, a drink that glows with amber energy! Amber is found in the natural world as a resin that can be extracted from trees, so our cocktail takes direct inspiration from this organic element by using another tree-extracted ingredient—maple syrup—to infuse the drink with a sweet woodsy richness.
This is balanced by a strong backbone of barrel proof American rye whiskey, which has the proof and spice to stand up to the sweetness of the syrup, as well as an herbal undertone that matches perfectly with amber’s organic associations. Amaro Nonino adds more earthy richness, with notes of caramel, cinnamon and allspice. Meanwhile Peychaud’s bitters and Herbsaint give the drink even more herbal lift. In the glass the cocktail radiates with amber vitality, reflecting brown and orange light in equal measure. Rich, deep, and herbal in flavor, the Electric Amber cocktail is a synchronized expression of earth and light, just like VERANDA’s Color of the Year.