What is an old fashioned?
One of the most venerable cocktails, the old fashioned emerged at the beginning of the 19th century, when it was known simply as ‘the Whisky Cocktail’. The austere purity of the recipe – a balanced blend of whiskey, bitters, sugar and water – was diluted over time by the addition of fruit, liqueurs and other ingredients, so much so that discerning drinkers who wanted the cocktail in its original guise would ask for a whisky cocktail made the old fashioned way.
How to make an old fashioned
An old fashioned is traditionally made with a sugar cube, but swapping this for sugar syrup (soft light brown sugar works beautifully) shortens the mixing time considerably.
Classic old fashioned cocktail recipe
- soft light brown sugar 100g
- Angostura bitters a few dashes
- bourbon or rye whisky 3 tbsp
- orange twist to garnish