The Old Fashioned Cocktail is a true classic of mixology. This benchmark beverage should be a staple of every mixologists repertoire.
Essentially a mellowed whisky on the rocks, the addition of sugar and water makes whisky more accessible.
An American Classic
The exact origins are disputed, but the Old Fashioned is an American creation from the 19th century. The recipe remains largely unchanged since records first mentioned this famous drink.
The recipe calls for a bourbon or rye whiskey, which are American spirits. While there are differences between bourbon and other whiskies, the main legal difference is the country of origin. If you choose to use a Scotch or Irish whiskey you will still yield similar results in and Old Fashioned.
Using traditional method, an Old Fashioned recipe requires a sugar cube to be dissolved and muddled with water. This is of course similar to a simple syrup you might already have to hand. This would be an acceptable substitute to a sugar cube.
Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe
- 45ml Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
- 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
- 1 Sugar Cube
- Few Dashes of Plain Water
- Orange Slice
- Maraschino Cherry
- Muddle a sugar cube, 2 dashes of bitters and a few dashes of water in an old fashioned tumbler
- Fill the glass with ice cubes and whisky
- Garnish with an orange slice and/or a maraschino cherry