Old Fashioned

November 28, 2010 (Day 302) — Old Fashioned

“My love’s old fashioned/But it still works just the way it is.” — Cee-Lo Green

Straight-Up Badass

The Old Fashioned is, well… Old Fashioned. It’s one of the oldest cocktails around and can be found in classy piano bars to skeevy dives the world over. It’s one of the most basic, one of the tastiest.

It’s also been my greatest challenge. My Professor Moriarty, if you will.

So, Old Fashioned. We meet again.

I’ve made this cocktail at least half a dozen times and have yet to create one that does the drink justice. Around every turn, it was foiling me.

I’ve put off making the Old Fashioned since I started the blog for this exact reason. Now, almost a year of hardcore, immersion mixology, I think I may be able to pull it off.

I really hope.

Much like the martini and other drinks, there are countless iterations of this classic cocktail. To do the best job possible, I’ll make the “official” International Bartender Association recipe.

Old Fashioned

2 oz bourbon

1 sugar cube

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

1 Splash Soda Water

Place suger cube in old fashioned glass and saturate with bitter. Add a dash of soda water.

Muddle until dissolved. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add whisky.

Garnish with orange slice, lemon twist and two maraschino cherries.

“He is the Napoleon of Crime, Watson, the organiser of half that is evil and nearly all that is undetected in this great city…”

—Holmes, “The Final Problem”
Consider my personal Moriarty vanquished! Finally, the ever-present classic (that both of my brothers drink religiously) is finally on my list of drinks I can make. And drinks that I think I can make well. Of course the drink taste mainly of bourbon, but the bitters gives a nice spice to it, while the sugar softens the bite of the liquor. It’s interesting, because as you’re sipping the drink, the flavors of the lemon, orange and cherries begin to seep into the drink, changing it’s characteristics as you go along.

I'm sure even "Mysterious" Dave Mather would approve.


— Mark

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