The Old Fashioned is a sexy drink. Simple. Strong. Nearly naked.
No doubt, it doesn’t hurt that this drink has some sexy spokespeople. There’s the Mad Man himself, Don Draper, in his impeccable suit with rocks glass in hand. And show of hands, how many women dropped their panties for Ryan Gosling when he made the perfect Old Fashioned in Crazy Stupid Love?
Having been around for nearly two centuries, the Old Fashioned looks great for its age. Its origins start with the first recorded cocktail: the Bittered Sling. That was a colloquial term for the combination of sugar, water, bitters and a spirit: rum, gin, whiskey. This gave rise to the Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail that became known simply as the Old Fashioned, to distinguish it from the new fangled concoctions that the kids were drinking those days.
Like Grace Kelly and Jackie O, it has earned the moniker of a classic for a reason. That title demands a little respect. Take note ye ill-mannered loafs: there should be no muddling of maraschino cherries nor additions of fruit juice to disturb the quiet calm of a real Old Fashioned. Pick a great spirit and let that shine bright like a diamond.
But enough talking, let’s get down to business. Here’s how to make your own Old Fashioned and experience the magic for yourself.
Next add your spirit. 2oz of Whiskey is the classic. I prefer a rye whiskey, because as Dave Wondrich says “Cheap bourbon’s already sweet enough, and good bourbon doesn’t need any help going down.” We used a new craft whiskey on the market, Henebery, a rye whiskey made in California from organic ingredients.
Once you have mastered the basics, you can do your own riffs on a classic by changing out the spirit or bitters and see what you get.
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