You’re Turning Violet, Violet


“This may rank as the most unusual Old-Fashioned in this book,” Robert Simonson writes of this Willy Wonka-themed cocktail in The Old-Fashioned. “I had never known what to do with the Utah-based distillery High West’s pungent and volatile oat whiskey until Chicago’s Lynn House passed this improbable recipe along. The sweet, bright blueberry preserves tame the grain, while the lively spices of the Creole bitters somehow meet the two in the middle. (House makes her own blueberry preserves for this drink, though she says high-quality store-bought preserves will do. But ‘no Smucker’s.’) The lemon juice lends a needed snap of acidity while also push­ing the drink into Whiskey Sour territory. It’s one of those cock­tails that works in spite of its motley crew of ingredients.”

“Appropriately, the name of this cocktail quotes the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, an adaptation of a Roald Dahl story about a wizard of confections. If Wonka had been a mixologist, he might have come up with a cocktail like this one.”

OldFashioned-HomeThe Old-Fashioned
by Robert Simonson

Photographs by Daniel Krieger
Ten Speed Press

You're Turning Violet, Violet
Serves: 1
  • 2 ounces High West Silver Oat Whiskey
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons blueberry preserves
  • 3 dashes Bitter Truth Creole bitters
  • Blueberries, for garnish
  1. Combine all the ingredients except the blueberries an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into an Old-Fashioned glass over one large ice cube. Garnish with fresh blueberries.


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  1. wendle says

    Wow two days of excellent drinks, and it is sweltering here in California! You guys are once again saving me with a great recipe, that serves as a lifeline!

  2. Bash Hueglin says

    You beat me to the comment. That is exactly what I was going to write. My relatives in Altoona worked for the railroad. Love the glass

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