Kick Back with an Old Fashioned Cocktail
Anyone who enjoys whiskey and aged liquors knows that everything gets better with age. The Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail that doesn’t mess around with your whiskey so that you can enjoy its full flavor. The entire essence of the cocktail comes from a few drops of Angostura bitters. Combine this with muddled sugar and a splash of water and you’re all done. A twist of citrus rind can be added for a bit of zest and a classy garnish.
The Old Fashioned Recipe
- 1.5 oz Bourbon
- 4 drops Angostura bitters
- 1 sugar cube
- 1 splash water
- For garnish: a twist of orange peel
- Muddle sugar cube with Angostura bitters and water in glass
- Carefully add a large ice cube or sphere
- Add bourbon, garnish, and enjoy by the fireside!
History of the Old Fashioned
The Old Fashioned was born in the late 1800s by a bartender named James E. Pepper who came up with the recipe in Louisville, Kentucky. He then brought the cocktail to the historic Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Its simplicity was, and still is, refreshing for purists who had been inundated with cocktails full of fruit slices and exotic ingredients like absinthe.
The Prohibition in the United States meant that the cocktail started to lose its way. A letter was even sent to the editor of the New York Times editor speaking of the disgrace of cocktails full of fruit being served instead of the originality of the Old Fashioned. Luckily, the no-nonsense Old Fashioned recipe has returned to become a favorite amongst those who enjoy the full flavor of their liquor.