Old Fashioned
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Old Fashioned
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The Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail with a rich history and a bold, complex flavor profile. Originating in the mid-1800s, it is one of the oldest known recipes for ... more The Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail with a rich history and a bold, complex flavor profile. Originating in the mid-1800s, it is one of the oldest known recipes for mixed drinks. The traditional recipe calls for just three ingredients: sugar, bitters, and bourbon. The sugar cube provides a touch of sweetness, while the Angostura bitters add a depth of flavor with their complex blend of spices and herbs. The bourbon, with its smooth, smoky character, is the star of the show, providing a warm and comforting kick. When mixed together with ice and stirred well, the Old Fashioned is a perfect balance of sweet, bitter, and boozy, making it a timeless classic that continues to be enjoyed by cocktail enthusiasts around the world.
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1806
Base ingredient
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Bourbon
Garnish
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Orange, cocktail cherry
Alcohol content
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40% | 1.8 units *
Details
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Classic
Stirred

Whisky glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Old Fashioned harnesses the smoky warmth of bourbon enhanced by the hint of sweetness from a sugar cube and the intricate spice profile of Angostura bitters, creating a harmonious blend that's stood the test of time. The simplicity of its ingredients belies a complex flavor experience, perfectly capturing bitter, sweet, and boozy notes in each smoothly stirred sip.

Method
How to make a Old Fashioned

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Muddle the sugar with the Angostura bitters and a few splashes water in an old fashioned glass
Fill the glass with ice and add the bourbon
Stir gently
Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry and serve
~ The Old Fashioned can be made with bourbon or other whisky. ~

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·  Muddle  ·  Bitters  ·  Stir  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history behind the Old Fashioned cocktail?

The Old Fashioned is considered one of the oldest mixed drinks, tracing its roots back to the early 19th century. It originated in Louisville, Kentucky, and was popularized in New York City. The cocktail was originally called a 'whisky cocktail' and followed a basic recipe of spirits, bitters, water, and sugar. Over time, it became known as the Old Fashioned, a name meant to distinguish it from newer, more complex cocktails.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I use a different type of whiskey in an Old Fashioned?

Yes, while the traditional Old Fashioned is made with bourbon, you can certainly use different types of whiskey. Rye whiskey is a popular alternative and offers a spicier, more assertive flavor. Scotch can also be used for a smokier version. The choice of whiskey can significantly change the profile of the drink, allowing for a personalized experience.

FAQ

How can I make an Old Fashioned sweeter or less sweet?

The sweetness of an Old Fashioned can be adjusted by varying the amount of sugar used. If you prefer a sweeter drink, you can add a little more sugar, or even use simple syrup for easier mixing. Conversely, if you prefer it less sweet, simply reduce the amount of sugar or syrup. Another method is to experiment with different types of bitters, as some may offer a sweeter or more bitter profile than the classic Angostura bitters.

FAQ

What are some common variations of the Old Fashioned?

There are several popular variations of the Old Fashioned, including the use of different spirits like rye whiskey or rum. The Wisconsin Old Fashioned substitutes brandy for whiskey and often includes muddled fruit. The New York Old Fashioned uses grenadine in addition to, or instead of, sugar. Experimenting with different bitters, such as orange or chocolate bitters, can also offer a unique twist on the classic recipe.

GARNISHING_TIPS

Is it appropriate to garnish an Old Fashioned, and if so, with what?

Yes, garnishing an Old Fashioned not only adds visual appeal but can also enhance the aroma and flavor. The traditional garnish is a twist of orange peel, which adds a citrusy aroma and a light zest when expressed over the drink and rubbed around the rim of the glass. A maraschino cherry is also a common garnish, adding a touch of sweetness. Some variations might include a lemon twist, but the garnish should ultimately complement the cocktail's flavor profile.

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