Part of the beauty of the Old Fashioned is that it’s not tied down to any season. That’s especially true when you get a killer twist on the classic like Lucinda Sterling’s Midnight Train, which channels one of summer’s most elusive fruits.
“When using a great base spirit, such as Elijah Craig bourbon, the alteration need be only minor,” says the Middle Branch bartender. “The Midnight Train substitutes the sugar with peach liqueur, which brings out the sweet vanilla and smoke in the bourbon.”
Not only does the alteration work wonders to bring the Old Fashioned rearing into the warmer months, but when blended with bitters and topped off with a lemon twist, it calls to mind another summer classic. According to Sterling, “The Midnight Train resembles a fresh baked, boozy peach pie—a true Southern delight.” Count us in.