Call Me Old Fashioned

Call Me Old Fashioned

Call Me Old Fashioned

One of the main reason’s I started drinking and loving bourbon….The Old Fashioned.

While it is debated as to when/where the Old Fashioned was actually started (history lesson…a very similar cocktail was crafted in 1862 but used Gin instead of Whiskey/Bourbon). I prefer the story where James E. Pepper is said to have crafted this cocktail in 1880 in Louisville, KY and served it at a private social club known as The Pendennis Club. He then would take this tasty beverage to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New York City.

The Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail that’s simple to whip together if you have the ingredients on hand. (Suggestion: if you build your bar slowly, like I am you can add a new thing every week and eventually you’ll have lots of great tools for all sorts of beverages.) Not to mention, it’s a classic cocktail you should know how to make at home.

What you’ll need:

Also useful:

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Slice up your oranges…I accidentally grabbed blood oranges…still tasty but a good ol’ fashioned orange will do just fine! I sliced my slices into quarters and dropped two into my glass.

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Add a few (2-3) dashes of Jack Rudy Aromatic Bitters.

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Toss in a Jack Rudy Bourbon Cocktail Cherry (go ahead and eat one cherry for everyone you toss in!)

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Add two teaspoons (or about .75 of an ounce) of simple syrup (muddling sugar cubes works well too).

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Muddle the orange, the bourbon cherry, and the simple syrup in the bottom of your glass.

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Add ice or rock.

We have a Wintersmiths Ice Maker which makes 2×2 squares completely clear squares (when not frosted over from the temperature change like you see here). It is a huge hit with cocktail enthusiast’s…not to mention it looks awesome when you have friends over.

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Now the best part…pour in two ounces of bourbon. My go-to is Bulleit Bourbon (I feel like they should be sponsoring these posts as much as I use Bulleit) but all sorts of bourbon’s work well here…as do Rye Whiskey’s.

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Give your Old Fashioned a good swirl with your bar spoon to get all the muddled fruit and syrup mixed nicely with the bourbon.

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Garnish with an orange slice (or just the peel if you want to be super fancy).

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Sit back and enjoy! Oh and don’t forget to eat your cherry.

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Disclaimer: Thank you to Jack Rudy’s for providing the Aromatic Bitters and Bourbon Cherry Cocktails for this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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