Traditionally, an Old Fashioned is made by muddling a sugar cube with bitters before adding the shaken liquor. Here, we substitute honey simple syrup, made by combining one part honey (instead of the more typical sugar) and one part water, and simmering until honey thins completely. (Chill before using.)
Makes one cocktail
1 dried apricot dipped in sugar 1½ ounce rye or bourbon ½ ounce apricot liqueur 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon simple syrup (taste your apricot liqueur and if it’s very sweet, use less simple syrup) 4–5 dashes bitters
Place a large ice cube or a few small ones in a cocktail glass. Cut a slit in the dried apricot and place it on the rim of the glass. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine whiskey, apricot liqueur, simple syrup and bitters. Shake 10–15 times, pour into glass and serve.