The Old Fashioned Cocktail pops happily into my head every year right before Christmas, because they remind me of my drunk grandparents.
They would drink them when they came to visit, and my dad would serve them with the enthusiasm one possesses when contributing to the inebriation of one’s in-laws.
For this reason, I save my Old Fashioned consumption for Christmastime. Obviously this is a family tradition I must uphold with great fervor.
Would you like access to my secret recipe?
I bet you would, you tipsy little turtle.
But first a little history of the Old Fashioned. Feel free to jump right down to the recipe if you don’t give a rat’s ass about the back story, but it’s kind of interesting. Also, can you name one of my favorite movies where one of the main characters enjoys Old Fashioneds?
The Old Fashioned came to be right at the beginning of the 1800’s, but didn’t earn its name until the end of the 1800’s as it gained popularity at gentlemen’s clubs and restaurants.
As with most cocktails, there are a bunch of variations, but for the most part the Old Fashioned recipe includes some sort of whiskey or rye, a little sweetener, and bitters. I happen to love the addition of a maraschino cherry and an orange slice, and I prefer to use a sugar cube as opposed to simple syrup.
I take a sugar cube, plunk it into an Old Fashioned glass (yes, the glass was named after the cocktail), add about 4-5 dashes of Angostura bitters, and muddle the ever living hell out of the two. You want to see if you can break the glass with your muddling efforts the first time, then you can move onto the second glass.
Next, shake the concoction around the bottom of the glass a little bit to even it out, and throw in your cherry and orange slice. I muddle these bad boys a teensy tinsey bit, really just more of a mudd instead of a full-on muddle.
Now you want to add a good amount of pure, crisp, cold ice, and pour your whiskey (about 1 1 /2 oz) over the whole mess.
Give it a little stir and make a toast.
Some people swear by rye, but I like a good whiskey or bourbon equally, mostly because my palate isn’t sophisticated enough to tell the difference. Just don’t use the cheap stuff. I will find you and shake you if you do.
Enjoy your Old Fashioned cocktail, and then leave me a comment here. I love drunk comments.
Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe
- 1 1/2 oz good quality bourbon or whiskey
- 1 t sugar or 1 sugar cube
- 3-4 dashes bitters
- oranges and cherries
Place your sugar in the bottom of the glass
Shake bitters over the sugar
Muddle the two together until the sugar is crushed
Drop in an orange slice and a cherry and muddle lightly
Add bourbon and ice, and stir gently to mix