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Old Fashioned can be a great romantic drink to enjoy with your spouse, significant other or close friend on your bonafide classic mood.
Basically the OG cocktail, the first reference to this drink—as well as the first published definition of the word “cocktail”—came in the May 13, 1806 edition of a newspaper called The Balance and Columbian Repository. It was there that the paper’s editor referred to a cocktail as consisting of spirits, bitters, water, and sugar.
As for the name “Old Fashioned,” that didn’t come about until 1881, when a bartender at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky made the drink—this time with bourbon, bitters, club soda, muddled sugar, and ice—to honor Colonel James E. Pepper, a prominent bourbon distiller, who eventually brought it to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New York City.
All of which is to say, it’s a cocktail that’s been around for a while. And for good reason. The subtle sweetness makes it smoother than a lot of other whiskey-based drinks, plus it just has that aura of Rat Pack cool. Fortunately, it’s also an easy cocktail to make. Almost as easy as it is to drink.
FOR EACH GLASS:
- Place the sugar cube (or 1/2 teaspoon loose sugar) in a Classic Rocks Glass like (URAI or UIBI).
- Wet it down with 2 or 3 dashes of Angostura bitters and a short splash of club soda.
- Crush the sugar with a wooden muddler (Find HERE!).
- Rotate the Rocks Glass so that the sugar grains and bitters give it a lining.
- Add a large ice cube.
- Pour in the rye (or bourbon).
- Serve with a stirring rod and garnish with an orange slice if you’re so inclined.