The Old Fashioned
What better way to start Spring than with this classic among classics?
Despite its name, the Old Fashioned is nothing uncool. Quite the contrary: since cocktails are given a second life, classic cocktails are among the most popular ones.
This short drink was created at the Pendennis Club of Louisville (Kentucky, USA) between 1900 and 1907. The recipe was developed for one of the Club members, the Colonel Janie’s E. Pepper, who owned the Bourbon brand Old 1776.
But it was the composer and singer Cole Porter (1892 – 1964) who made it famous by evoking it in several of his songs.
So here’s the recipe if you want to give it a try:
- 2 oz of rye whiskey or bourbon
- 4 drops of Angostura bitters
- 1 sugar
- 1 half slice orange peel
- 1 maraschino cherry
- 3 or 4 ice cubes
Pour Angostura bitters on the sugar and crush it. Add the ice cubes, the whiskey and stir for 10 seconds. Squeeze the orange peel over the glass to extract the oils and add the peel to the glass. Add the maraschino cherry and serve.
You may now sip your Old Fashioned by the piano with your hat on, Mad Men style. Cheers!