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BOURBON OLD FASHIONED COCKTAIL



The
Bourbon
OLD FASHIONED

SERVED UP:
2 Oz. Well Aged Bourbon
2 Drops Angostura Bitters
1 Tsp. Sugar
2 Orange Slices
2 Bourbon Maraschino Cherries, Homemade

Chill your glass in the freezer. Muddle the bitters, sugar, orange slice and one cherry in a cocktail shaker or pitcher. Remove the orange slice then fill shaker or pitcher with ice and pour in the bourbon. Add your bitters then shake until chilled and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with the other orange slice and Maraschino cherry.

TO SERVE OVER (Ice):
Chill an old fashioned glass (yup, that's why they're called old fashioned glasses!). Muddle the bitters, sugar, orange slice and a cherry in the bottom of your old fashioned glass. Remove the orange rind. Add ice to the glass, pour in the bourbon, add your bitters and stir gently until chilled. Garnish with the second orange slice and Maraschino cherry.

Why do you remove the orange rind after muddling? Because you're extracted all the zest and flavor and what's left, the rind, is simply a bitter hull.  You're adding some lovely flavored bitters instead!

I admit to adding a little extra juice from the orange and an extra teaspoon of sugar for my own personal version and I shake or stir it a bit longer to dilute the cocktail a bit. Yes, I'm a bit of a pansy.

HISTORY OF THE OLD FASHIONED:
The Old Fashioned is possibly one of the oldest drinks to be called a cocktail.  The earliest known printed use of the word “cocktail” was in 'The Farmer’s Cabinet' published in April 28, 1803 with the first definition of the word coming in May 13, 1806 in the 'Balance and Columbian Repository' and it's description is a very close approximation to the recipe for an Old Fashioned made with brandy:

“Cocktail is a stimulating liquor composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters — it is vulgarly called a bittered sling and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head. It is said, also to be of great use to a Democratic candidate: because a person, having swallowed a glass of it, is ready to swallow anything else.




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