Cocktail Corner: Old Fashioned

An Old-Fashioned Debate.

By Rose Andres, WAC Bartender

The recipe for an Old Fashioned has been debated over many a bar top. Created in 1881 at Louisville, Kentucky’s, Pendennis Club by prominent bourbon distiller Colonel James E. Pepper, the original featured no garnish.Fruit was added during Prohibition to mask the taste of harsh spirits. Classic cocktail enthusiasts consider muddled orange and cherry and a bitters-soaked sugar cube sacrilege, while others swear by adding a dash of soda. Many versions exist, so tell your bartender your favorite preparation to
ensure your perfect Old Fashioned.

Rose’s Old Fashioned

  • 1¾ oz. bourbon or rye
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Splash of water
  • Orange wheel and maraschino cherry, muddled or as an optional garnish; or lemon twist or peel for garnish

Build in an Old Fashioned glass. Add two dashes of bitters to sugar cube with a splash of water. Add orange and maraschino cherry if desired and muddle the mixture until sugar cube dissolves. Add bourbon or rye and ice. Top with a splash of soda if desired. Garnish with either a lemon twist or peel, or with an orange slice and cherry. Enjoy!

As published in the September/October issue of WAC Magazine.

—Posted October 6, 2016

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