Now that the holiday's are over and you are unfortunately back at work, it's time to start thinking about cocktails again. Let's begin with an Old Fashioned, our favorite cocktail. A simple recipe that combines Whiskey, sugar, water, and bitters.
The "Whiskey Cocktail", as it was known, has a foggy history. In fact, I haven't been able to successfully find a detailed history of the cocktail other than bartenders at the time of the 19th century made "improved", "fancy", "new", and other names that people didn't prefer when they ordered a drink. Therefore, they term "old fashioned" came about for Whiskey based cocktail. Whether or not this is a true story, I don't know but that's what I've been able to find after reading article after article online.
After Prohibition, the Old Fashioned was resurrected and bartenders at the time muddled fruit such as orange into the cocktail. From this point until today, the Old Fashioned has continued to change with different spirits, different bitters, different sugars and more. Either way, the magic of this cocktail is in its simplicity and you can't go wrong with how you like it.
Now, lets breakdown the components of the Old Fashioned and let us tell you how we prefer our Old Fashioned Cocktail.
You can use, Bourbon or Rye, but we prefer Bourbon due it is sweeter side. Bulleit Bourbon makes a great Old Fashioned but if you want to spice things up a bit we suggest Four Roses Small Batch or if you want to spend some money Black Maple Hill can provide some flair.
Muddling sugar cubes brings a level of old school cocktail curation to the mix but some people prefer to use simple syrups. Another addition to the mix is a good barrel aged maple syrup. We love Noble Handcrafted Maple Syrups but again, no way is wrong its just how you prefer to make your cocktails.
Bitters help tie everything together in an Old Fashioned. Back in the day, Angostura was the bitters of choice but today there are so many that can enhance this tipple. Orange bitters make for a great addition and we suggest the Miracle Mile Orange Bitters when we have it since its seasonal but we also recommend El Guapo Mojo Cubano Bitters. If you want an aromatic flavor then go for the Dr. Adam Elmegirab's Dead Rabbit Orinoco Bitters. Feel free to experiment with bitters and always dash with intent.
A simple orange or lemon peel and twist does the trick
And now for the finale... Need a great recipe?? Try our Muddle & Stir Old Fashioned.