What’ll it be, then?
This issue’s drink is an easy to make classic, an oldie but a goodie. With it, you’ll feel just as hip drinking with your grandpa as with your hipster friends. Sugar and bitters makes everything better, and this one has plenty of both. That was kind of a joke, we just came up with it but you can use it anytime if you want… it’ll probably go over better with your grandpa, though. The drink we’re talking about here is an
What you’ll need:
Bourbon, or Rye of your choosing, keep in mind, though, the better the quality the better the buzz,
3 shakes of Angostura Bitters (or to taste, I personally really like the taste of bitters so I use 5 shakes),
1 lump of sugar or 2 teaspoons of sugar (or to taste),
1/4 Orange slice (or a tablespoon of orange juice if you’re scrapped)
1 maraschino cherry (not necessary)
What to do next:
Put your sugar in your classy glass (classic tumbler), along with your bitters, your orange slice, your cherry and just a real small splash of water, just enough to mix the sugar in and make a little syrup on the bottom of your glass. Muddle (press on and mix) the sugar, bitters, water, orange slice, and cherry until everything mixes into a nice syrup, this will provide the base for your drink. Once you have that add your whiskey first, this is important because it will tell you just how much of everything is in your drink. Add two fingers (measured by an average sized man finger on the outside of the glass) of your Whiskey drink, then fill the cup with ice. Once you have that, fill the rest of your glass with water until your drink fills ¾ of the glass (as long as it’s a normal sized tumbler). Mix and enjoy! Goes well in any social setting, even Halloween parties or all Thanksgiving Day.
N.B. An old fashioned Old Fashioned recipe uses an orange peel (as opposed to the slice) and no cherry, the recipe is the same sans peel which is added only after the drink is made, see below.
History of the Old Fashioned
A book entitled Jerry Thomas’ Bartenders Guide: How To Mix Drinks is published, giving instructions and recipes from the early days of bartending. This book contains a recipe for an Old Fashioned Holland Gin Cocktail: “Crush a small lump of sugar in a whiskey glass containing a little water, add a lump of ice, two dashes of Angostura bitters, a small piece of lemon peel, one jigger Holland gin. Mix with small bar spoon. Serve.”
While the drink has the namesake and similar elements of the modern old-fashioned, Thomas’ recipe doesn’t call for whiskey and it’s never mentioned in any of the proceeding articles.
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. 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.
February 15, 1880
The Chicago Daily Tribune publishes an article announcing that Samuel Tilden, the 25th mayor of New York and former Democratic candidate for the U.S. Presidency has withdrawn from the United States Presidential election. In this article, the author mentions how Tilden’s withdrawal was met: “Hot-whiskies, Scotch and Irish, particularly the latter, sour-mashes, and old-fashioned cocktails were drank in honor of the event.”
Modern American Drinks, written by George Kappeler, is published in the U.S. and lists a plethora of recipes, one of which being for an Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail, reads as following: “Dissolve a small lump of sugar with a little water in a whiskey-glass; add two dashes Angostura bitters, a small piece of ice, a piece of lemon-peel, one jigger (ounce and a half) whiskey. Mix with small bar-spoon and serve, leaving spoon in glass.”
January 1, 1936
An article in the New York TImes, written by a man known only as “Old Timer,” reflects on the years following the end of Prohibition. In the piece, the man gives makeshift recipes for cocktails, including one for the Old Fashioned: “Consider, for instance, the Old-Fashioned cocktail. Time was when the affable and sympathetic bartender moisted a lump of sugar with Angostura bitter, dropped in a lump of ice, neither too large or too small, stuck in a miniature bar spoon and passed the glass to the client with a bottle of good bourbon from which said client was privileged to pour his own drink.”
This entire history of the Old Fashioned section was taken from thrillist.com, found at History of The Old Fashioned
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