Old fashioned from Balderdash - one of the best cocktail bars in Copenhagen, photo by Alexander Banck Petersen, photographer for Cocktails of Copenhagen

Smoked bone marrow and burned butter old fashioned

“Nothing is off limits at Balderdash”

“Nothing is off limits at Balderdash” –those were the words of Geoffrey Canilao, bar manager and owner at Balderdash, when we stopped by to see what the bar had to offer. Clearly this also goes for messing with the old fashioned. Of course you can find variations on this classic cocktail all over the city, but Geoffrey takes it a bit further compared to most other places.

Knowing the guys from the restaurant BROR Geoffrey found inspiration in their use of burned butter to spice up the Don Draper Favorite. On top of that Geoffrey added a smoked bone marrow infusion as a reference to his former home NYC where they used to enjoy steaks with cocktails at the steak houses.

This all leaves you with a fat and filthy old fashioned with a lot of umami to compliment the whiskey. And that is whisk(e)y with and “e” as you’ll be enjoying scotch rather than bourbon. You wouldn’t have guessed it so because the burned butter adds fat and sweet taste notes that you associate with bourbon.

This old fashioned is definitely way off limits, as are the antique porn pictures that you find in the Balderdash menu… In case you are wondering, they are from Geoffreys wife’s grand dads private porn stash, found as they looked through his stuff after he died.

Nothing is off limits at Balderdash!

Alexander Banck Petersen

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Thomas Klem Andersen
I believe that true mastery eventually leads to original creation given the right conditions. I love creative cocktails that push the limits of flavor pairing. But I can't deny I have a personal preference for whisky and love everything that is clear and stirred.