Friday Happy Hour: Bringing the Old Fashioned Back

Friday Happy Hour: Bringing the Old Fashioned Back

Friday Happy Hour: Bringing the Old Fashioned Back

In my humble opinion, there is NO OTHER WAY to make an Old Fashioned cocktail then with the twist of orange. Not to say that the rest of the ingredients don’t matter because, trust me, they absolutely do.

The Old Fashioned is one of those cocktails that dates back well over 100 years…pre-prohibition. I would guess that this great cocktail helped get the law that enacted Prohibition passed. It is THAT GOOD.

Traditionally made with either bourbon or rye whiskey, this cocktail is all about how you make it and absolutely this drink requires ridiculously high quality ingredients. Yes, you can screw this up.  I have tried several over the past month and even debated it with Iron Phil, various bartenders, and even pursued the recipes online and so on…

I have stumbled, I have fallen. I have tried various interpretations, albeit similar and familiar, and have gone from detesting this age-old drink to falling in love. In fact, there are some that are saying that the Manhattan, which has made a HUGE comeback, is falling to the wayside because the Old Fashioned may be one of the perfect old-school, old man, classic cocktails.

There are several “traditional” ways to make this…some swear by the sugar cube and the muddle, others ditch the cherry. Me? I think that simple syrup, the cherry, and the twist of orange is the key. It is ALL about  breathing it in. As you breathe in the citrus (oils extracted), the cherry, and the rest…that is what transports you back to your favorite bar, before alcohol was prohibited.

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So, after trial and error, and more bad drinks then good, I have arrived at what I think is the perfect way to make this cocktail at home.

Friday Happy Hour: Bringing the Old Fashioned Back

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 5 dashes bitters (your favorite)
  • 3 oz best rye whiskey you can afford (I like Jefferson and Templeton)
  • 1 marschino cherry
  • 1 twist of orange (absolutely imperative)
  • ice

Instructions

  1. Fill your cocktail shaker (or tall glass) with ice.
  2. Add the simple syrup and the 5 dashes of bitters.
  3. Add the rye whiskey.
  4. Stir with an up and down motion like you are beating eggs (gets it nice and cold and adds a touch of air).
  5. Pour into your favorite glass, chilled with lots of ice.
  6. Garnish with cherry and twist of orange (important step here...twist to get the citrus oils going).
  7. Enjoy.

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