Today we’re going to show you how to make the old fashioned, a classic cocktail with classic easy design. For such a classic cocktail recipe, there are many variations to how people think the original was created.
The Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe:
The Old Fashioned
– 1 sugar cube
– 4 dashes angostura
– 2 oz rye whiskey (or bourbon)
Garnish: orange wheel and cherry (optional)
The old fashioned cocktail is best made simple. Remember, the classic cocktail design is alcohol, bitters, sugar and water. So, an old fashioned should contain just those and that means _no fruit_ is part of the recipe build.
Sure, people have been muddling fruit in an old fashioned for dozens of years, but that isn’t the classic old fashioned design. We want to make one that truly defines the name “old fashioned” in the oldest style possible.
If you want to add orange wedges and cherries with muddling then go ahead, but you first will learn from us how it was traditionally done before you add modifiers to its creation.
The only modifier we’ve applied is to supply a garnish for the old fashioned. Garnishes on the original drink probably were not something used, but over the last hundreds of years it no doubt has become a garnish of sorts.
So, we’ll use our fruit as a garnish, not as an ingredient in the old fashioned recipe build. You can also “modify” it with bourbon over rye if you like bourbon better but we’re sticking with the oldest old fashioned for this lesson.
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