If you have a taste for a classic cocktail, mixing traditional attitude with a refined new spirit (along with water, sugar, and bitters), then an Old Fashioned is the perfect drink. It’s been around for hundreds of years, yet a goodOld Fashionednever goes out offashion. From Sinatra to Don Draper, this libation has been enjoyed by writers, actors, and those who want a simple taste of the good life.
How Old Fashioned Got Its Name
So why is it called an Old Fashioned? Well, there are a few notable reasons. For instance, the name literally started out as 'the cocktail'. Yep, the Old Fashioned was the first original cocktail! In fact, the word ‘cocktail’ was first documented in 1806 in New York’s The Balance and Columbian Repository newspaper. They called it a “concoction of spirits, bitters, water, and sugar”. In essence, it was the making of what we now know as a good Old Fashioned.
In the 1860’s, people who didn't necessarily like the new cocktails of the time would ask for their drinks to be made the ‘old fashioned’ way. With those two words...the Old Fashioned was born.
What’s In a Traditional Old Fashioned?
An Old Fashioned is a delightfully simple cocktail. It’s really just whiskey seasoned with bitters. A traditional Old Fashioned is created by muddling sugar with bitters, along with a little bit of water and whiskey.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
How To Make A Classic Old Fashioned
Now that we know what’s in an Old Fashioned, let’s talk about how to make this classy cocktail.
And that’s how you make the perfect Old Fashioned. Simple, right? So whether you’re enjoying alone or hosting a dinner party, fixing an Old Fashioned will bring a sense of class, nostalgia, and ‘Rat Pack’ cool to any occasion.