When Richard Boccato and Michael McIlroy worked together at Little Branch in New York City they collaborated to create an American Trilogy. This riff on the Old-Fashioned mixes Brown Sugar with a ‘half-rye & half-Applejack’ backbone to shift the classic into a slightly darker place.
In a Rocks glass, add Sugar Cube and saturate with Orange Bitters. Gently muddle to make a granulated paste. Add Rye and ice