When you and your guests are in the mood for a bonafide classic, whip up an old-fashioned cocktail! Here’s a story you can share with your guests as you serve them this age-old cocktail.
The old-fashioned or OG cocktail came into existence 1881 when a Pendennis Club bartender in Louisville, Kentucky whipped the cocktail up to honor a prominent bourbon distiller – Colonel James E. Pepper. At this time, the cocktail was simply made with bourbon, club soda, bitters, ice and muddled sugar.
Old fashioned cocktail has a subtle sweetness that makes it smoother than many whiskey-based drinks. And the best part is, it is as easy to make as it is to drink!
INGREDIENTS (for 1 glass)
- 2 oz. bourbon or rye
- Club Soda
- A Cube of Sugar or 1/2 teaspoon of loose sugar
- 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
- 1 simple old fashioned glass
1. Place the sugar in an Old Fashioned glass.
2. Wet the sugar down with a short splash of club soda and two or three dashes of Angostura bitters.
3. If you opted for the sugar cube, crush the cube with a strong spoon or wooden muddler or even chopsticks – anything works!
4. Rotate your glass till the bitters and sugar grains give it a lining.
5. Add one large ice cube.
6. Now, pour in the bourbon or rye.
7. Dazzle your guests by serving this cocktail with a stirring rod, and if you’re feeling a little extra, garnish with a slice of orange and/or a cherry. And voila! Your old fashioned cocktail is ready!
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