and the Providence Journal bring you Small Bites: Easy-to-Digest Recipes. Looking for a New Year’s cocktail that’s delicious, easy to make and just a little old school? GoProvidence and The Journal has just the perfect combination for the latest Small Bites recipe and demo. It comes from Saint Monday, the newest restaurant and bar on West Fountain Street. They serve baked goods and coffee during the day. At night, they serve a menu of classic cocktails, beer, wine and a collection of Americana hors-d'oeuvres and main dishes. We'd call it comfort food.

The concept for the restaurant was imagined by owners Morgan Pearlman and John Gray. Gray brings his Mid-West sensibilities to the menu and atmosphere. The Wisco Old Fashioned typifies the mood. This drink is perfect to add to your repertoire, especially for a home party. It would pair beautifully with pigs in blankets, another old-school item but one I promise will be popular. Find the full recipe and video below:


The Wisco Old Fashioned

For the Wisco Mix:

- Cognac or brandy

- Jacquin’s Blackberry Brandy (or similarly flavored brandy)

To Assemble the Cocktail:

- Club soda

- Angostura bitters

- Orange

- Brandied cherries

- Ice

- Funnel

To Make the Wisco Mix: In a container, combine the bottle of cognac with half the bottle of blackberry brandy. Stir. Using a funnel, pour the blend into the now empty cognac bottle. Use the rest as you will. It can be enjoyed as is.

To Assemble Your Cocktail: Start with a rocks glass filled with ice. Pour 2 ounces of Wisco mix over the ice. Add 2 dashes of Angostura bitters. Stir. Top with club soda.

Garnish with half an orange wheel and a brandied cherry.