Perfecting the Old Fashioned
Because some things never go out of style
Looking for the perfect drink to wow your bourbon drinking guests (or yourself!)? Look no further than the Old Fashioned. It’s been around since 1881, and rumored to have been invented at the Pendennis Club (a gentlemen’s club) in Louisville Kentucky. It only took Louisville 134 years, but in 2015 the city finally named it as their official cocktail. Like your grandad’s Porsche, it never goes out of style, so raise your glass to a classic.
Here are the basic ingredients needed:
Note the luxardo cherries, they really make all the difference in the world, and NO I am not exaggerating. Maraschino cherries are for kiddos, so do yourself a favor and invest in a jar of these, you won’t be sorry. As a side note I have used orange bitters instead of angostura bitters, which yielded an equally good result.
Place 3 sugar cubes in an old fashioned glass (yep there is a style of glassware named for the drink!) and then add 3-4 drops of bitters.
Next add theorange slices and muddle with sugar, then add the luxardo cherry and gently muddle all together.
Now you’re ready for the bourbon. I used Knob Creek small batch straight whiskey for this recipe. I have also used the Knob Creek Rye in the past. If you are using an Old Fashioned glass, then pour two fingers worth, otherwise you can measure with a shot glass.
Add the ice and stir to chill the cocktail.
Lastly top with club soda and garnish with an orange wedge or peel.
Cheers y’all, grandad would be proud!