I love an old fashioned. It’s one of my favorite cocktails to order at the bar and I figured, why have I never tried to make one at home? After some thorough research (5 minutes of googling), I found a lot of recipes suggested a mix of white and brown or turbinado sugar cubes.
Y’all. Brown sugar cubes are expensive. I found some for $6.98 and those were the cheapest. There is no damn reason for me to pay $6.98 for a 1/2 cup of sugar mixed with some water.
So naturally, I made my own. All you need to do is mix a 1/2 cup of sugar with 1 teaspoon of water, press into molds (I used small silicon ice cube molds), and let dry over night. After you take them out of the molds, put them in something airtight like a ziplock or a jar.
Easy, right? But y’all know I’m extra as hell and that’s why I have a blog, so that’s not where this story ends. I wanted flavored sugar cubes. I wanted to elevate my old fashioned. I wanted to drop my bougie sugar cubes into my champagne at the stroke of midnight on New Years and be delighted at the fizz bubbling up from my creation.
That’s where these beauties came to be. These sugar cubes are flavored with orange zest and orange blossom water – which goes perfect in an old fashioned or in a glass of Prosecco.
And these are flavored with rose water and a hint of Luxardo cherry syrup (mostly just for the color). These are also great in champagne and also paired nicely with a tequila old fashioned variation that I’ll be posting the recipe to soon.
The orange blossom definitely did have a much stronger flavor but if you’re like me and have champagne dreams on a sparkling wine budget and serve your guests André, offering an artisanal sugar cube is a nice touch.
Hope you enjoy and let me know if you think of or try any other fun flavor combos! My next ones will be using bitters or vanilla extract.
DIY Sugar Cubes
Homemade sugar cubes so you can live your best life.
If you’re using a water, swap it one for one. If using extract, dilute with water, half and half
- 1/2 c sugar (brown or white)
- 1 tsp water
- optional: citrus zest, spices, or seasonings. Just a pinch
- In a medium bowl, mix the ingredients until everything is thoroughly mixed
- Spoon into a silicone ice cube mold and press tightly.
- Let dry overnight then store in an airtight container