OLD FASHIONED COCKTAIL RECIPES for Old Fashioned Week
Well, whaddya know? November 2nd through November 11th is Old Fashioned Week! Every year!
Lucky for me because I happen to love an Old Fashioned, it's actually one of my first "signature" cocktails, having been introduced to it by a very great lady back in my early college days. It became a weekly ritual with us after I finished classes on Thursdays, one week at her house, next at mine. Mrs. Smothers, my neighbor, made hers the way they were expected in those days, with lots of Maraschino cherries and several orange slices muddled together before tossing in the ice and her brandy. Though many consider this a blasphemy in this age of bespoke cocktails, I ignore the critics and will still make an Old Fashioned this way occasionally (though I skip the toxic chemical loaded "Maraschino cherries" found on your local grocery shelf and use my own Homemade Maraschino or Bourbon Cherries instead.)
Below is the International Bartenders Association (IBA) recipe for the Old Fashioned:
4.5 cl Bourbon or Rye whiskey
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
1 sugar cube
Few dashes plain water
Place sugar cube in old-fashioned glass and saturate with bitters, add a dash of plain water.
Muddle until dissolve. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add whiskey. Garnish with orange slice and a cocktail cherry.
I love every iteration of this classic drink, from brandy to bourbon to whiskey and even rum when the spirit moves me, and have several unique recipes based on it. Try them out and check back all this week, I think I might be going on an Old Fashioned binge for Old Fashioned Week!