Old Fashioned Cocktail

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An Old Fashioned is a real traditional. Made with whiskey, sugar, Angostura bitters, and an orange peel (or cherry) for garnish, it is a cocktail made for whiskey lovers!

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What did the stylish cocktail say to the traditional cocktail? “I’m glad that you’re Old Fashioned.” And … thanks, people, that’s all for tonight!

Even when nothing about cocktails, chances are high you’ve a minimum of heard of an Old Fashioned. Made with simply 4 substances – whiskey, sugar, Angostura bitters, and an non-compulsory (however really helpful) orange peel or Luxardo cherry garnish – the Old Fashioned is up there with different cocktail greats just like the Manhattan, Negroni, and Sazerac.

It’s tremendous easy to make, too, as is suitable for a cocktail designed to spotlight its principal ingredient – whiskey!

Video! How one can Make an Old Fashioned Cocktail


THE BEST WHISKEY FOR AN OLD FASHIONED

One of the best whiskey for an Old Fashioned is … the whiskey you want! Many respected mixologists and cocktail lovers have opined on whether or not it’s best to use rye or bourbon, however truthfully, you need to use both. Which do you like? There – that’s your whiskey for an Old Fashioned!

I like this drink with bourbon. I used Buffalo Hint most not too long ago, however different mid-tier bourbons like Maker’s Mark, Bulleit, or Knob Creek would all be glorious decisions.

SUGAR CUBE OR SIMPLE SYRUP?

Old Fashioned purists say the correct factor to do is to muddle a sugar dice with the bitters (and both somewhat membership soda or water) within the backside of the rocks glass. Non-purists, like myself, assume that’s good however the sugar by no means appears to totally dissolve this fashion. Both my muddling abilities are weak (fairly potential), or there could be one other manner.

I’m in favor of utilizing easy syrup for an Old Fashioned as a result of it’s simple and handy. Right here’s tips on how to make it.

Old fashioned cocktail ingredients

IF YOU WANT TO EXPERIMENT, TRY DIFFERENT BITTERS

Angostura bitters is historically utilized in an Old Fashioned. (Enjoyable truth: Apparently Angostura bitters is sort of like Coca Cola, in that solely 5 folks on earth know the recipe, which reportedly consists of over 40 totally different herbs and spices! Which may be true, however I largely scent nutmeg proper off the bat.)

You’ll be able to’t go flawed with Angostura bitters, however if you happen to’re making an Old Fashioned within the winter or across the holidays, I like to recommend utilizing a couple of dashes of Price Brothers Old Fashioned Bitters as an alternative. You get far more cinnamon and clove on the nostril, like a winter vacation in a bottle.

MORE WHISKEY COCKTAILS TO ENJOY THIS WINTER: 

  • Fall-Spiced Old Fashioned Cocktail
  • Manhattan Cocktail
  • Boulevardier Cocktail
  • Penicillin Cocktail


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Old Fashioned Recipe

  • Prep time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail

Elements

  • 2 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 1/4 ounce easy syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Orange peel or Luxardo cherry, for garnish (non-compulsory)

Particular gear:

  • Rocks glass

Methodology

1 Make the drink: Add easy syrup and bitters to a rocks glass. Fill the glass with ice, and stir to mix. (My favourite stirrer for a single cocktail? This cake tester!) Add bourbon or rye and stir for about 30 seconds to sit back and dilute. Garnish with orange peel or Luxardo cherry, if desired.