Cubeb Pepper has a multi-faceted, complex flavor – it has great aromatics, and it has a sweet, almost fruity flavor when first tasted that gives way to a more traditional peppercorn heat in the finish. The progression from sweet to spicy means that it works really well in whiskey-based cocktails. One of our favorites is this take on an Old Fashioned. Cubeb’s sweet/fruity start perfectly complements the sugar, cherry and orange, and the spicy finish adds depth and complexity to the cocktail.
2 oz American whiskey (we prefer Rye but Bourbon works great too)
1 sugar cube
1 orange wedge
1 Maraschino cherry
Cubeb Cocktail Spice
In a rocks glass, combine the sugar cube, maraschino cherry, orange wedge, a dash of aromatic bitters, two blasts* of Cubeb Pepper Cocktail and a splash of water.
Muddle all ingredients into a paste.
Remove the orange rind.
Add a cool, extra-large ice cube (or fill the glass with regular ice cubes) and the whiskey.
* a blast is a measurement describing one eyedropper of Cocktail Spice – approx 25 drops