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“It is always good to have a few Old Fashioned variations up your sleeve. In an environment of basically three ingredients, little changes can make a big impact. The marriage of the yuzu and lavender makes for something citrus-y, floral, and delicious—it also makes this one slightly lighter. Use demerara syrup, not simple or a sugar cube. It is no harder to make and will add a very noticeable depth of flavor to your drink. White sugar really doesn’t belong anywhere near an Old Fashioned. This recipe features two Los Angeles companies, Miracle Mile Bitters Co. and Greenbar Craft Distillery.”

1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice.

2. Stir with a spoon for 30 seconds, then strain into a tumbler with ice.

3. For a impressive garnish, light a match and hold the flame up to your orange twist for a couple of seconds to release the oils. Squeeze the twist over the flame (the oils will ignite), blow out the match, run the twist along the rim of the glass, then drop in the cocktail.