Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Drinking With Dear Wendy: Old Flame

If you follow my stories on Instagram, you probably already know that I’ve been working on a couple new Drinking with Dear Wendy cocktails and videos for winter, and I’m excited to share the first one of 2019 with you today. (Full disclosure: it’s amazing!) I took one of my favorite summer drinks — an Aperol Spritz — and winterized it with some bourbon, I added a twist of lemon and a little sweetness to balance the bitter, and after a little tweaking I dare say I have the perfect cocktail to enjoy on a cold day (preferably next to a fireplace if you’ve got one). After much deliberation and crowd-sourcing, I finally decided on a name: I call it an “Old Flame.”

Here’s what you need for an Old Flame:

2 ounces of Bourbon
1 ounce of Aperol
1/2 ounce of Simple Syrup
1 1/2 ounces of Tonic (preferably Fever Tree)
3 ounces of Prosecco
1 Lemon Twist

Fill a chilled highball glass about three quarters with ice. Add all the liquid ingredients in the order they’re listed and stir until almost frothy. Rim the glass with a lemon twist, and voilå – you’ve got yourself an Old Flame to enjoy!

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  • bittergaymark

    Bittergaymark February 5, 2019, 1:05 pm

    Sounds AMAZING. I will have to try this.

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    • Dear Wendy

      Dear Wendy February 5, 2019, 1:14 pm

      I think you’ll love it, but let me know! Be sure to use a good tonic and not, like, Schweppes or whatever.

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        MissD February 5, 2019, 3:23 pm

        Fever Tree all the way.

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    JD February 6, 2019, 8:56 am

    Looking gorgeous Wendy. I love your hair. I think one day we need a mini tour of your adorable house. Loving that little bar area from what I can see.

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      Dear Wendy February 6, 2019, 11:02 am

      Oh, thank you! One of these days I will do a house tour; right now, we still have too many blank walls that I’m embarrassed to share.

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        JD February 6, 2019, 11:09 am

        Picking out wall art or decor is the hardest part for me. I can never commit, then get into what I want to spend on art, never ending battle that I am about to start all over again.

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