The Old Fashioned Cocktail


An Old Fashioned Libation

I was in the mood for something to unwind the day’s burden. We had about a hour before our table was ready, so I wanted something strong but mellow. Usually, I’d get a Johnnie Walker Black on the rocks, but my buddy suggested an Old Fashioned. I hadn’t had it before, but our good friend Don Draper recently made one, so I was curious.

old fashioned cocktail

The bourbon (Maker’s Mark) came through clearly, but wasn’t overwhelming as the sweetness masked the bitterness, garnished with an orange and cherries. It went down easy, leaving me with a gradually building buzz. Yes, this was the right choice, so we ordered another.

Later, I uncovered the magic ingredients, dating back to the 1880’s from Louisville, Kentucky. Straightforward, simple, forgotten in the mind’s of many and reinterpreted many times over. Sometimes, it’s nice to take down a classic, something different from the regular lineup, a refreshing step back from modern boredom. Nostalgia never tasted so good.


A cocktail recipe for success.

  • Whiskey or Old Fashioned glass
  • 1 sugar cube or a teaspoon of crushed sugar
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Add some water to dissolve the sugar, now mix
  • Add 3 or 4 ice cubes
  • 2 ounces of bourbon or if desired, rye
  • Stir and add garnish, twist. Some prefer orange or cherries or both

Now kick back, have an interesting conversation with the brunette and you’re good to go. We’ll recommend a good libation every now and then to help freshen up your rotation.

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