The Old Fashioned.. a cocktail so old, a 100 years ago, it was still called that way. Yes, even the old-timers considered it to be an old-school drink.
Muddle a sugar cube with a few dashes of Angostura Bitters in a Rocks glass (Old Fashioned glass), add a dash of soda, bourbon, and ice, and stir. Garnish with an orange or a lemon peel and sometimes even a cocktail cherry. Have a seat in front of the fireplace and enjoy a true classic.
Developed during the 19th century and given its name in the 1880s, J.E. Alexander describes the cocktail similarly in 1833, as he encountered it in New York City, as being rum, gin, or even brandy, soda water, bitters, and sugar, though he includes a nutmeg garnish as well. By the 1860s, it was common for orange Curaçao, absinthe, and other liqueurs to be added to the cocktail. The drink we know now contains Angostura bitters, sugar, a dash of soda, and whiskey (rye or bourbon ).
Simple and timeless as it should be. Closest to the original.
On the list of IBA Official Cocktails.
- 2 Ounces (60 ml) of Bourbon or Rye.
- Angostura® aromatic bitters – 2-4 dashes.
- One sugar cube.
- A dash of soda.
- Garnish with an orange/lemon peel and maybe a cherry.
The tools you would need are a spoon and a muddler.
- Muddle the sugar and bitters into a rocks glass (Old Fashioned glass)
- Add a dash of soda
- Pour the whiskey (Rye or Bourbon)
- Fill glass with Ice and stir (Stir A LOT )
- Squeeze an orange or lemon peel (or both) over the glass and add them to the drink as a garnish.
- You can drop one Maraschino cherry as an extra garnish.