The Old Fashioned did not have that name to begin with.
In fact, The Old Fashioned was the first documented cocktail, but it was at first called, a Whiskey Cocktail.
Cocktails likely started long before they were documented; but for recreational use, they were first documented in the first years of the 19th century.
The first cocktail was comprised of 4 components for perfect balance:
2. Bitters, to add flavor, depth and complexity (to the whiskey)
3. Sugar, for softening the bite of alcohol but also to keep a velvety viscosity
4. Ice, or water, to mellow the intensity of flavor all around!
The Old Fashioned was dubbed its official name around 1875, when a regular at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, KY wanted a whiskey cocktail the Old Fashioned Way.
By this time, the whiskey cocktail evolved to adding fruit and other ingredients, which took away from the classic cocktail.
Now the Old Fashioned has many variations including the Wisconsin Style Old Fashioned: with brandy, soda, lots of bitters and muddled fruit (red maraschino cherry and an orange slice).
But the version I am sharing with you today is close to the Old Fashioned, the Old-Fashioned Way.
· 2 oz Whiskey or Aged Brandy, but can be made with any aged spirit.
· 0.5 oz of simple syrup
· 2-3 dashes of Aromatic Bitters
· 1 Orange
· 1 scoop of ice (for mixing)
· 1 large cube or 3 cubes of ice
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· Double Rocks Glass (Old Fashioned Glass)
1. Add 2-3 dashes of bitters to your mixing glass
***The size of the puddle should be about the size of a quarter
2. Add your simple syrup and Spirit to the mixing glass
3. Cover the mixture with ice
4. Stir the cocktail until it is a bit stronger than desired taste
5. Add a large ice cube or 3 smaller ice cubes to the double rocks glass
6. Strain mixture over glass
7. Peel a strip of orange rind and express, rind side down, over top of the glass (for aromatics), and then drop the rind into the glass
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