Cocktails and Dreams: The Old Fashioned

 

As you get older, you will realize that the standard drinks of youth do not necessarily fit the lifestyle of an adult.  Shots, cheap beer, and youthful “cocktails” like whiskey and coke and red bull and vodka no longer suffice.  These drinks often get you too drunk too fast, which is the exact opposite of what you will want to happen.  Beer, regardless of quality and if it was hand crafted by an artisan brewery using organic hops at your local neighborhood brewery, is not a multifaceted alcoholic beverage.  You will need to find yourself a cocktail that can fit any situation, whether you are at a social gathering, a dinner, or slowly sipping a cocktail while sitting peacefully alone at a bar. Fortunately, that cocktail is called "the Old Fashioned."

We will provide the recipe to making the original cocktail, the Old Fashioned.  The key to the Old Fashioned is that it does not require special glassware.  It is also an incredibly flexible cocktail as you can make the Old Fashioned in a variety of ways depending on how potent you want your Old Fashioned to taste.

The Old Fashioned hails from the 19th century and originally contained rum, gin, or brandy.  Over the years, whiskey became the predominant liquor in the Old Fashioned.  The purest recipe is as follows:

-Add small lump of sugar at the bottom of a whiskey glass
-Add two dashes of Angostura bitters
-Muddle the bitters and the sugar
-Add ice, amount depends on desired stiffness
-Add one to two shots of rye whiskey (per your discretion)
-Stir
-Drink

During prohibition, fruit, mainly orange was added to the drinks to hide the taste of alcohol.  Many Old Fashioned’s are still served this way.  Often the slice of orange is muddled.  Occasionally you will see a thin slice of orange people in the cocktail, this is an excellent addition to cut the stiffness of the bourbon without providing the pulpy taste one gets when the slice of orange is muddled. 

Although rye whiskey is the preferred liquor to use, you can also use bourbon in a pinch, or if you just flat out prefer it. 

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Although rye whiskey is the preferred liquor to use, you can also use bourbon in a pinch, or if you just flat out prefer it.