One of the few sweet cocktails I like is the Old Fashioned, which is basically just bourbon with sweetened, orange flavoured melt-water.
This is a cocktail that is “built”. A teaspoon of sugar is put in a glass followed by a couple of strips of orange peel (just the zest), a few shakes of bitters and just a drop of whiskey.
The peel is “muddled” – ground into the sugar to release the flavours of the orange.
Next comes the remainder of the whiskey (2 oz for me) and the building begins. A single ice cube goes into the glass and the drink is stirred with the flat end of a bar spoon until the ice has pretty much melted. Repeat with a second ice cube, then a third, etc. stiring all the time until the glass is comfortably full.
The whole process will probably take three minutes or more and the outside of the glass should be clouded with condensation from the melting ice.
Finish with a marschino cherry and a drop of it’s syrup.
Wouldn’t drink one every day but, when the feeling’s right, it’s pretty heavenly.