Sunday, November 22, 2009

Recipe for an Old Fashioned

In my last post, I talked about how all these old school drinks are getting trendy again. One of the classic cocktails I wrote about is a drink called the “Old Fashioned.”
In this post, I am going to go over how to make an Old Fashioned and review it in the end. When I say review, I’m really just going to talk about how delicious I think it is. Lets dive in!

Step One:
Gather a rocks glass, shaker tin, stir straw, muddler (the thing you use to mush ingredients up), a bar cherry, a slice of orange without the peel (cut the size that you would garnish a Blue Moon with), 1 or 2 packets of sugar, soda water, ice and bitters.

Step Two:
Put the cherry, orange slice, 1/4 to 1/2 ounces of soda water and 1/2 to 2 packets of sugar (depending if you like it sweet or not) in the rocks glass. You are going to “build” this drink- this means mix all the ingredients in the glass.

Step Three:
Cut a hole in the box!
Haha- just kidding, but I love that song.

Real Step Three:
Muddle the crap out of it. In other words- mash it until you can’t really tell there used to be fruit in there and all you see now are fruit-colored chunks.

Step Four:
Add 1-3 dashes of bitters into your mix. I like 1 dash. Then add ice. You can add just a few cubes, or you can fill the glass to the top. If you like your drink more watery towards the end, then put in lots, but if you like it a little warmer and more concentrated, then only a little.

Step Five:
Add an ounce and a half of bourbon. I like Marker's Mark for this drink, but use whatever bourbon you want- just don’t use shitty rail bourbon. Again, I’ll talk about why use good booze later on. Just keep trusting me for the time being ;)

Step Six:
The drink needs a little mixing because all the fruit is still on the bottom, like a yogurt. I’ve seen this done a few ways- you can either shake it, roll it (pour into a shaker tin, then back into the glass one or more times) or just agitate (poke with a stir straw). I like to roll it because it cools the drink down a little, gives you a pretty even mix and is easier than putting everything into a shaker. Plus I think rolling it is the most fun. If you shook it, then pour back into your rocks glass. Garnish the drink with a stir straw.

Set Seven:

My Review:
Delicious! Old Fashioneds are a pain in the ass to make but I actually don’t mind because they're so yummy. The drink is a little sweet, so if you're a bourbon purist, I don't know how you will feel, but just try it- it has been around this long, so there has to be something to it.


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