Saturday, January 22, 2011

Old Fashioned

Let's go back in time a bit, shall we? Long before appletinis, cosmos and seabreezes. Heck, before even you or I were around.

In what might have been the first creation of a cocktail: a simple sugar cube, spiked with bitters, was muddled into a glass and topped with bourbon whiskey. And a little lemon peel. Simple as that.

Ladies and gentlemen - the Old Fashioned. For old fashioned kinda folks.
From Old Man Drinks:
This may be the quintessential Old Man Drink. It's so old, it was being called "old fashioned" in the 1890s. It's so old, one of the glasses we drink cocktails out of is named after it. It's so old, some scholars believe it was the first drink to be called a cocktail. A potent combination of whiskey, sugar, and bitters that's served on the rocks, the Old Fashioned shouldn't be muddied up with a lot of unnecessary fruit, as some mixologists do. (It should, however, be muddled up, as in agitated with a muddler, so invest in a good one if you want to add this to  your menu.) A simple garnish of lemon peel is all you need to add the perfect aromatic note to this sweet-and-sour classic. 

Old Fashioned
from Old Man Drinks

1 sugar cube
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 ounces bourbon
Lemon twist

Muddle the sugar cubes and bitters in the bottom of an Old Fashioned glass. Add ice and bourbon. Stir. Garnish with a lemon twist.


Kim said...

Another snow day at home with the kids.....I may need a few of these!

Love retro look in the top pic!

girlichef said...

Man Kim...another one!? Well, I'll lift my glass to you :) Sounds great!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

As you can imagine, we don't get a lot of snow days in Canada. Still, it is damned cold this morning. Glad I'm not going anywhere.

~~louise~~ said...

Oh boy oh boy Natashya. I sure could use one of them about now. Mega snow in the forecast:(

P.S GREAT post! I LOVE your new endeavor...

Thanks for sharing...