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Drink DuJour: Tavo’s Fashioned

Now playing in the West Village

If you’re an epicure in New York City, Tavo, with its multicultural menu of fusion delicacies like chorizo shumai and Cuban lasagna, is probably somewhere on your running list of places to try—but cocktail enthusiasts should also take note. The drink menu is equally interesting, and their riff on the Old Fashioned in particular.

Demerara syrup, which may sound fancy, is really just simple syrup made with a darker sugar for a more caramel-like flavor. Combined with whiskey fat-washed in butter and popcorn, the resulting taste is something like kettle corn in a glass.

“The popcorn butter wash adds more consistency and a toasty flavor to almost every stirring drink,” says bar manager Diego Livera of the fat-washing process, which involves mixing alcohol with something fatty (like butter), letting it sit and then straining it. The flavors remain while the “fat” is removed.

Get the recipe below.

2 oz. Rye whiskey with popcorn fat wash*
½ oz. Demerara syrup
Spicy tincture
Lemon peel
Orange peel

Mix fat-washed whiskey, Demerara syrup and 3 dashes of spicy tincture over ice. Garnish with lemon and orange peels.

*Popcorn fat wash:
2 cups Popcorn kernels
25 oz. Rye whiskey
Stick of butter

Pop kernels with butter and oil. Melt down stick of butter. Combine whiskey with the popcorn and the melted butter and pour it into a plastic container. Let it rest overnight. Strain the whiskey.