By Summer Goff (Death & Co Denver, 2023)

Five Year Plan

"Five Year Plan was created to satisfy the craving for a through-and-through autumn old fashioned (though it's craveable year-round). I started with the base of Yellowstone bourbon and boosted the high-rye notes by adding Delord Napoleon Armagnac. Armagnac is one of my favorite spirits, and one of my ways of introducing others to the category is by using it as a supporting player for bourbon. I doubled down on walnuts using black walnut bitters and Nocino, an Italian liqueur made with green walnuts. I then added a touch more sweetness and baking spice with cinnamon syrup. I love this old-fashioned because it's subtly complex and still completely recognizable as an old-fashioned. ‘Where do you see yourself in five years?’ is a question that sends me reeling into absolute panic, and naming this cocktail after it is the closest I've gotten to an answer." —SG

1¼ ounces Yellowstone Bourbon
½ ounce Delord Napoleon Armagnac
¼ ounce Don Cicio Nocino
1 teaspoon Cinnamon Syrup (see Note)
1 dash Bitter Truth Aromatic bitters
Garnish: 1 orange twist and 1 lemon twist

Stir all the ingredients with ice, then strain into a single old-fashioned glass over 1 large ice cube. Express the orange and lemon twists over the drink, then place them in the drink. 

Note: To make Cinnamon Syrup, in a saucepan, muddle 1 ounce of cassia cinnamon sticks until broken into shards. Add 2 cups of water and 2 cups of white sugar. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat, cover, and simmer gently for 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand overnight, then strain through a cheesecloth-lined sieve.