The Old Fashioned is a timeless classic, known for its simplicity and rich, well-balanced flavors. It’s a cocktail that harkens back to the early days of cocktail culture, with its roots tracing back to the 19th century. This cocktail allows the flavors of your chosen bourbon or whiskey to shine, complemented by the sweetness of sugar and the complexity of aromatic bitters. It’s a drink that’s both sophisticated and uncomplicated, making it a favorite among connoisseurs and those new to the world of cocktails.
Old Fashioned Cocktail
- 2 oz bourbon or rye whiskey
- 1 sugar cube (or 1/2 oz simple syrup)
- 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
- Orange or lemon peel, for garnish
- Ice cubes
- Maraschino cherry (optional, for garnish)
- Place a sugar cube at the bottom of an Old Fashioned glass (also known as a rocks glass).
- Add 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters to the sugar cube. If you're using simple syrup, you can skip this step.
- Use a muddler or the back of a spoon to gently muddle the sugar and bitters together in the glass. This helps dissolve the sugar and infuse the bitters into the drink.
- Fill the glass with ice cubes. You can use a single large ice cube or a few smaller ones.
- Pour the bourbon or rye whiskey over the ice in the glass.
- Use a stirring rod or the handle of a spoon to gently stir the cocktail. Stir for about 30 seconds to chill and dilute the drink slightly.
- Express the citrus peel over the drink by holding it over the glass, giving it a good twist to release the oils. Run the peel around the rim of the glass, and then drop it into the drink.
- If desired, add a maraschino cherry for an extra touch of sweetness.
- Serve your Old Fashioned cocktail immediately and savor the rich, complex flavors of whiskey, balanced with the subtle sweetness of sugar and the aromatic bitters.