The Old Fashioned
For most people, the old-fashioned is the bar standard. In fact, bartender lore says the name comes from people
ordering a cocktail the "old-fashioned" way. But just how old-fashioned is this drink?Here's a short, sweet history of
one of the world's greatest cocktail:
The story starts in Louisville, Kentucky. A 2005 article in The Courier-Journal gives credit to a private social club,
called The Pendennis Club, for making the very first old-fashioned in 1880. James E. Pepper, bartender and esteemed
bourbon aristocrat, was said to have invented the drink in Louisville, before he brought the recipe to the Waldorf-
Astoria Hotel bar in New York City. This is supposedly where the old-fashioned was born.
About the bourbon old fashioned cocktail:
The quintessential Old Fashioned cocktail uses bourbon. It’s been said that the original cocktail contains sugar,
bitters, whiskey and water. Some variations add muddled fruit and soda water for a lighter, fruitier taste. Old
Fashioned drinkers are divided on the question of muddling the fruit. To prepare the traditional version, muddle only
the sugar, bitters and splash of soda but keep the fruit as garnishes if you choose.
The Old Fashioned - Wikipedia
Old Fashioned 101
2 oz. rye or bourbon
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 Sugar Cube
1 old fashioned glass
Place the sugar cube (or 1/2 teaspoon loose sugar) in an Old Fashioned glass.
Wet it down with 2 or 3 dashes of Angostura bitters and a short splash of club soda.
Crush the sugar with a wooden muddler.
Rotate the glass so that the sugar grains and bitters give it a lining.
Add a large ice cube.
Pour in the bourbon.
Serve with a stirring rod, and garnish with an orange slice or Marachino cherry if you're so inclined.
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