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:
- 2-3 dashes of Jack Rudy’s Aromatic Bitters
- 1 Jack Rudy Bourbon Cocktail Cherry
- 2 teaspoon simple syrup
- 2 ounces of bourbon (rye works well too)
- Orange slices
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.
Add a few (2-3) dashes of Jack Rudy Aromatic Bitters.
Toss in a Jack Rudy Bourbon Cocktail Cherry (go ahead and eat one cherry for everyone you toss in!)
Add two teaspoons (or about .75 of an ounce) of simple syrup (muddling sugar cubes works well too).
Muddle the orange, the bourbon cherry, and the simple syrup in the bottom of your glass.
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.
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.
Give your Old Fashioned a good swirl with your bar spoon to get all the muddled fruit and syrup mixed nicely with the bourbon.
Garnish with an orange slice (or just the peel if you want to be super fancy).
Sit back and enjoy! Oh and don’t forget to eat your cherry.
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.