A while back I posted a recipe for ginger simple syrup. This simple recipe for a ginger old fashioned uses that syrup and has a tangy flavor, making a nice holiday cocktail.
2 oz rye whiskey
1/4 oz ginger simple syrup
2 dashes orange bitters
2 maraschino cherries
Add simple syrup, bitters and maraschino cherries to cocktail glass and lightly muddle cherries. Add a few cubes of ice and stir about 30 seconds or until cold. Top glass with ice and enjoy.
Note: The fruitiness of the cherries pairs well with the spiciness of the ginger syrup. For a step up use Luxardo cherries.