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Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned cocktail is a timeless and iconic libation known for its simplicity and rich flavor profile. Originating in the early 19th century, its roots can be traced back to the early days of cocktail culture in America. Despite evolving tastes and trends, the Old Fashioned has remained a steadfast favorite among cocktail enthusiasts, celebrated for its blend of whiskey, bitters, sugar, and citrus oils.

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Ingredients and Tools:

  • 60 ml (2 oz) whiskey (bourbon or rye)

  • 1 sugar cube or 10 ml (2 tsp) simple syrup

  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters

  • Orange or lemon twist for garnish

  • Ice cubes

  • Mixing glass

  • Bar spoon

  • Old-fashioned glass

Preparation Steps:

  1. In an old-fashioned glass, muddle a sugar cube with a few dashes of Angostura bitters until it's dissolved, or alternatively, add 10 ml (2 tsp) of simple syrup.

  2. Fill the glass with ice cubes.

  3. Pour 60 ml (2 oz) of whiskey over the ice.

  4. Stir gently with a bar spoon for about 30 seconds to mix the ingredients and chill the drink.

  5. Garnish with an orange or lemon twist, expressing the citrus oils over the surface of the cocktail.

Flavor Profile:

The Old Fashioned cocktail offers a complex and robust flavor profile, with the richness of whiskey complemented by the subtle sweetness of sugar and the aromatic bitterness of bitters. It's a sophisticated and satisfying drink that's perfect for savoring slowly.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Whiskey Selection: Choose your whiskey wisely, as it's the star of the Old Fashioned. Whether you prefer bourbon or rye, opt for a quality spirit with a flavor profile that complements the other ingredients.

  • Sugar Cube vs. Simple Syrup: While the traditional method calls for muddling a sugar cube, using simple syrup can save time and ensure consistent sweetness throughout the cocktail.

  • Garnish Technique: Expressing the citrus oils from the garnish over the surface of the cocktail adds an aromatic dimension to the Old Fashioned. Gently twist the peel over the glass to release the oils without overdoing it.

  • Ice Quality: Use large, dense ice cubes to chill the Old Fashioned without excessive dilution. Avoid using small, fast-melting ice cubes that can water down the drink too quickly.

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