I am not a huge fan of fancy beers or martinis or gin in any form but I needed a drink to order when I went out to classy places so I decided on the Old Fashioned. It’s basically a glass of whiskey with sugar and fruit in it, but it’s tasty, has a classy name and is something that men with cool hats drank in the 20s.
I like to use bourbon when I make an Old Fashioned. I could give you a whole song and dance about flavor profile but honestly it’s because the first time I ordered one, they asked me what kind of whiskey I wanted and I said “Maker’s Mark.” It’s the only whiskey I knew at the time and so I went with it. Enjoy!
- 1 Slice of Orange
- 1 Sugar Cube
- 4 Dashes Orange Bitters
- 4 Dashes Angostura Bitters
- 2 – 3 oz Bourbon
- Place the slice of orange in an old fashioned (or rocks) glass.
- Saturate the sugar cube with the bitters and muddle the sugar cube and orange together.
- Fill the glass with ice, pour in the bourbon, stir, sip, and talk of memories past.
To guard against overdoing it with the bitters, place a napkin on top of your glass and the sugar cube on top of the napkin and then add the dashes of bitters to the cube. The napkin catches the overrun and you can drop the saturated cube in when you’re finished.
The secret to clear ice is filtered water, boiling, cooling, boiling again, cooling again and then freezing. Personally, I’m fine with cloudy ice but that’s just me.
Contrary to popular belief, bourbon can be produced anywhere in the United States and isn’t just from Kentucky. It does have to be aged in a new barrel and made mostly of corn. All bourbons are whiskeys but not all whiskeys are bourbons.