In recent years there has been a revival of interest in cocktails suitable for iconic figures such as James Bond and Don Draper. Dimly lit cocktail bars laden in deep mahogany hark back to a bygone era. A time when endless rounds of drinks at any hour were considered socially acceptable.
When discussing whiskey and cocktails, the Old Fashioned reins supreme. The Old Fashioned is steeped in history and many will argue that it is the king of cocktails due to its simplicity and tradition. In the early 19th century a cocktail was just a specific type of drink. Sours, Collins and Juleps were also common mixed drinks at this time. A whiskey cocktail would refer to a drink made with whiskey, sugar, water and bitters - also known as today's Old Fashioned.
While the name of the Old Fashioned has gone through several changes over the years, the only main ingredient to change is the substitution of ice for water and the optional addition of fruit such as orange or cherries. To keep with tradition the below recipe forgoes the addition of fruit. In our opinion an Old Fashioned should be strong, simple and whiskey forward.
There are only four main ingredients needed to make an Old Fashioned:
- 1 sugar cube
- 2 ounces of Rye whisky
- 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
- Begin by placing a sugar cube in a proper glass
- Add 2 or 3 dashes of Angostura bitters and a short splash of water
- Crush the sugar cube with a wooden muddler while rotating the glass so that the sugar grains and bitters create a lining
- Add a large ice cube and pour in the rye
- Stir, and serve.
It is recommended that you enjoy this drink while donning a tailored suit and a properly shined pair of shoes.
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