Commonly referred to as the bartender’s cocktail, the bourbon Old Fashioned, originated in the early 1900s, is a landmark in cocktail lore. Over time this drink has remained quite consistent with only slight changes. These changes generally require the addition of a piece or two of fruit – either a maraschino cherry or a slice of orange. This cocktail takes about 5 to 7 minutes to prepare.
Glass: 10 oz old fashioned
Method: build and stir
2 barspoons Demerara sugar
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
50ml Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey
Add the sugar, bitters and 1/3 oz of bourbon to the glass. Stir for 1 minute with a barspoon to dissolve the sugar and blend the bitters and bourbon, then add 1 ice cube and stir for another minute. Continue the gradual dilution by adding 1oz bourbon and 2 more ice cubes and stir for 2 minutes. Add the remaining bourbon and 2 more ice cubes and stir for a further 2 minutes.
Garnish with an orange peel. A more traditional garnish is an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.
Old Fashioned variations
Añejo/rum Old Fashioned (substitute bourbon for aged rum)
Añejo/tequila Old Fashioned (substitute bourbon for aged tequila)
Cachaça (Brazilian) Old Fashioned (substitute bourbon for aged cachaça)
Brandy Old Fashioned (substitute bourbon for brandy)
Whisky Old Fashioned (substitute bourbon for malt or Scotch blended. This can be done with the majority of Scotch whiskies. Be sure to experiment – it can be a lot of fun!)