Cocktail Recipe: Milk Thistle Old Fashioned

Cocktail Recipe: Milk Thistle Old Fashioned

Here’s yet another novel concept developed here at Damage Control! Imagine drinking a cocktail, and the cocktail itself could protect your liver from some of the damage of the alcohol. It’s like adding an airbag to a car, let’s do it!

The Sweetness

The best old fashioned has demerara simple syrup. If you have access to demerara sugar, add equal parts sugar and water and dissolve on the stove. If not, regular granulated sugar will do. This syrup will sweeten the cocktail.

The Damage Control

As our mission is controlling damage done in day-to-day life, we will add milk thistle to the cocktail. Milk thistle is a natural bitters so use it to enhance your cocktail. Additionally, it not only fights the effects of alcohol on the liver but can actually help regenerate it. Here’s a possible milk thistle extract you could use: Milk Thistle Extract

Other Ingredients

The other ingredients in a perfect old fashioned are bourbon, sugar to sweeten it and bitters, finished off with a nice twist of both orange and lemon peel at the end. 
  • 2 ounces Eagle Rare or your favorite bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • 1 drop milk thistle extract
  • Orange and Lemon peel as twists

Mixing The Cocktail

Stir all ingredients over ice, then strain into a double rocks glass over 1 large ice cube. Garnish with the orange and lemon twists. If you only have one of the twists that’s fine.

Making Orange/Lemon Twists

To garnish the cocktail, simply take a peeler and strip off a bit of peel. Take it by both ends and twist it like a spiral to release some of it’s flavor, place it in your cocktail!

Why Milk Thistle?

Milk thistle has been shown to increase the level of glutathione in the liver by up to 35%. Glutathione is referred to often as “the body’s master antioxidant”. The perfect addition to a stiff drink!

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