November 28, 2010 (Day 302) — Old Fashioned
“My love’s old fashioned/But it still works just the way it is.” — Cee-Lo Green
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.
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.
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”