Bold, bitter and sophisticated, the Old Fashioned is one of the most iconic cocktails in our drunk history. Developed in the late 1800's (hence the name), it marries sweet, sour and bitter notes along with bourbon, rye whiskey, or brandy to form a well-balanced yet potent concoction. The Old Fashioned was a favorite of 19th century high society, and due to it's robust flavor profile, has been synonymous with masculinity ever since.
Now fast forward to a decade ago when bartenders would roll their eyes at any order that started with "old". Somewhere along the line the seasoned favorite fell out of fashion. Was modern mixology to blame? Who knows? But thanks to some good ol manly PR, led in part by Mad Men's dapper Don Draper and Ryan Gosling's hunky pickup artist character in Crazy, Stupid, Love, the Old Fashioned has a renewed swagger. Today, the craft cocktail industry is booming with a focus on delivering the classics to all the land; the Old Fashioned, with it's muddled sugar, dashed bitters, generous pour, decorative orange rind and cherry crown, remains king. And appletini is but a whisper on the lips of a forgotten time.
Want to get your swag on Old Fashioned style? We recommend this instructional video:
Or try this classic recipe:
- 2 dashes aromatic bitters
- 1/2 tsp sugar dissolved with water and bitters
- 1 1/2 oz of bourbon
- 1 cherry
- 1 orange slice
- 1 lemon wedge
Fill glass with ice. Add cherry, orange slice and lemon wedge. Pour in bourbon. Serve in a rocks glass (or an Old Fashioned glass!) over ice. Cheers!