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Good “Old Fashioned” Fun

May 8, 2020

Chill out this weekend – make these #RRChomechef cocktails!

With our new reality of working and learning at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are tapping into the RRC spirit of innovation to bring you culinary and hospitality inspiration with our Hospitality at Home video series.

RRC instructor Blair Mineault is back with tips on how to make perfect, clear ice for two classic cocktails: an Old Fashioned and a Mojito. Why is clear ice important? It’ll melt more slowly and evenly, meaning you’ll have the perfectly chilled drink. Enjoy!

The perfect ice + two refreshing cocktails

by Blair Mineault, Mixology

Old Fashioned

1.5 oz Crown Royal Apple Whiskey
2 sugar cubes
1 tsp water
2 dashes Angostura orange bitters

Garnish: orange peel

Method: Add sugar cubes to a rock glass. Add water and bitters over the sugar cubes to help dissolve the sugar. Muddle the sugar, water, and bitters. Add ice and whiskey, and garnish with fresh orange peel.


1.5 oz white or amber rum of your choice
3-5 mint leaves
Half a lime, cut into 3 wedges
A dash of simple syrup (or more, if you like it sweet!)
Soda Water

Garnish: lime wheel and a mint leaf

Method: muddle together the mint leaves, lime wedges, and simple syrup in a highball glass. Add rum and ice cubes. Top with soda water and stir.

To make clear ice, you’ll need:

  • Soft or hard plastic cooler that is small enough to fit in your freezer.
  • Something from your kitchen that is shallow enough to keep your ice tray level and suspended about an inch above the bottom of the cooler.
  • A silicone ice cube tray.
  • Ice bucket.


  1. Clean and sanitize your cooler and the silicone ice tray.
  2. Place your chosen item(s) in the bottom of your cooler to hold the ice tray even and level.
  3. Cut small holes in each individual ice cube mold in the bottom of your silicone ice tray.
  4. Place you ice tray on the even surface inside your cooler.
  5. Add water to your ice tray and the cooler until the water reaches the bottom rim of the ice tray. Make sure the ice tray is full to the top.
  6. Carefully place your cooler into the freezer, keeping it level. Freeze for 24 hours.
  7. Remove ice tray from surrounding ice carefully with a chisel. Be careful not to damage the tray or your cooler (or yourself!).
  8. For any ice that is stuck to the tray, simply run some warm water over it and pull the ice away.
  9. Turn your ice tray upside down and remove the ice into the ice bucket. You can also leave your ice in the tray and put it back in the freezer until you are ready to use it.

You can find the full video of the method up on our Instagram. Follow along and post your own recipes! Tag us @redrivercollege and use the hashtag #RRChomechef.