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Old Fashioned Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Tom Unwin

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
2 oz. rye or bourbon
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 Sugar Cube
Club Soda

Orange slice or peel, for garnish
1 old fashioned glass

Directions:
Directions:
1. Place the sugar cube (or 1/2 teaspoon loose sugar) in an Old Fashioned glass.
2. Wet it down with 2 or 3 dashes of Angostura bitters and a short splash of club soda.
3. Crush the sugar with a wooden muddler, chopstick, strong spoon, lipstick, cartridge case, whatever.
4. Rotate the glass so that the sugar grains and bitters give it a lining.
5. Add a large ice cube.
6. Pour in the rye (or bourbon).

Serve with a stirring rod, and garnish with an orange slice if you're so inclined.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
1
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
5 Min
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Basically the OG cocktail, the first reference to this drink—as well as the first published definition of the word "cocktail"—came in the May 13, 1806 edition of a newspaper called The Balance and Columbian Repository. It was there that the paper's editor referred to a cocktail as consisting of spirits, bitters, water, and sugar.

As for the name "Old Fashioned," that didn't come about until 1881, when a bartender at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky made the drink—this time with bourbon, bitters, club soda, muddled sugar, and ice—to honor Colonel James E. Pepper, a prominent bourbon distiller, who eventually brought it to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New York City.

All of which is to say, it's a cocktail that's been around for a while. And for good reason. The subtle sweetness makes it smoother than a lot of other whiskey-based drinks, plus it just has that aura of Rat Pack cool. Fortunately, it's also an easy cocktail to make. Almost as easy as it is to drink.

 

 

 

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