THE OLD FASHIONED WHISKEY COCKTAIL

HOW IT BECAME ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR COCKTAILS OF ALL TIME

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The Old Fashioned was recently ranked as the best-selling cocktail for the fourth year in a row - the number one drink in almost 30% of the world's best bars. Whiskey drinkers and mixology enthusiasts know that the Old-Fashioned is one of the best ways to enjoy their favorite bourbon or rye whiskey. To get really geeky, the Old Fashioned is the very first drink recipe out of 1,500 listed in Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide: 75th Anniversary Edition, one of the most well-known and respected “modern” bar reference manuals. So how did the Old Fashioned Cocktail become one of our favorite libations?

JERRY THOMAS - LEGENDARY BARTENDER AND BITTERS EXPERT

JERRY THOMAS - LEGENDARY BARTENDER AND BITTERS EXPERT

ORIGIN AND TRADITIONAL RECIPE

So, who “invented” the Old Fashioned Cocktail? One of the very first Old Fashioned recipes is credited to the May 13, 1806 issue of The Balance and Columbian Repository in Hudson, New York. It was actually a definition of a newly coined term - the cocktail - which was described as: “a potent concoction of spirits, bitters, water, and sugar.” The recipe became synonymous with a drink style made with whiskey, and other spirits.

If you ask your favorite bartender, you will be reminded that the recipe was published in America’s first cocktail reference manual: Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide: How To Mix Drinks published in 1862. Your bartender may also regale you with tales about Jerry Thomas - a demi-god of the barkeeping world, and an appreciator of fine bitters (like Boker’s). Real bartenders agree - quality bitters are as essential as quality whiskey to a perfect Old Fashioned.

Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake.
— W.C. Fields

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN PERFECT OLD FASHIONED COCKTAIL

So - enough about history - let’s cut to the chase. How can you make a perfect Old Fashioned at home without hiring your aforementioned favorite bartender? One approach is to build your own collection of bitters, other essential ingredients and cocktail tools. And then do all of this:

Place a sugar cube (or 1/2 teaspoon loose sugar) in an Old Fashioned glass.

  1. Wet the sugar cube with 2 to 3 dashes of fine bitters and a small splash of club soda.

  2. Muddle the sugar with a wooden muddler

  3. Rotate the glass to line it with the sugar grains and bitters.

  4. Add a large ice cube.

  5. Pour in 2 oz. rye or bourbon.

  6. Serve with a stir, and garnish with an orange slice (and a cherry if desired)

Another approach is to pick-up a bottle of PROOF OLD FASHIONED SYRUP which was invented by the bartending team at The Pinewood Restaurant in Atlanta, GA. These high quality cocktail syrups are an “everything but the whiskey” approach to craft cocktails and feature our oleo-saccharum made the traditional way from organic cane sugar, with our added high-quality bitters. Simply mix .5oz of any PROOF Syrup with 2oz of your favorite bourbon or rye whiskey, add an orange garnish, and serve a textbook old fashioned in a fraction of the time.

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PROOF OLD FASHIONED COCKTAIL SYRUPS are the perfect recipe to enjoy a high quality cocktail experience at home. And perfect for get-togethers. How happy will your guests be when you serve them a “real-deal” Old Fashioned Cocktail that rivals anything you can get from the finest bar. Kick it up another notch with our Pecan and Maple Bacon variations.