Tuesday, 18 April 2017

A Taste Of The 'Old Fashioned'

I remember having a love hate relationship with the 'Old Fashioned' as i used to hate whiskey, it wasn't until i tried my first Manhattan that and fell in love with bourbons and thus gave this legendary cocktail a second chance. So lets take a trip to the 'Old West', pull out your pistols and bring all your swag!
The great thing to know when making this drink is that there is no right or wrong way when it comes to sugar ratio, it is entirely preference. The Old fashioned is a short but strong cocktail so beware drinking too many will result in embarrassing behaviour, lack of good judgement, memory loss and a BAD hangover.

60ml Bourbon Whiskey
20ml Sugar Syrup
3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
3 Dashes Orange Bitters


  1. In a rocks glass pour in the desired amount of sugar syrup and add bitters 
  2. gently rotate roll the glass around so the mixture spreads around the glass avoiding any spillage.
  3. Add 3 ice cubes, pour in 20ml of the bourbon and stir for about 60 seconds. 
  4. Add 3 more ice cubes and a further 20ml of bourbon then stir for a further 60 seconds.
  5. Add 3 more ice cubes and the remaining 20ml of bourbon and stir again for 60 seconds.

  1. Take an orange and peel of some of the zest so its about 2-3cm long 
  2. Rub the zest around the rim of the glass.
  3. Place the zest in the drink and serve. 
I can hear the backlash from you all already probably accusing me of my lazy methods for not using granulated brown sugar but it takes a lot longer and in my opinion makes no difference to the overall taste but if you want to use brown sugar feel free just beware that it will take a lot longer to dissolve into the cold mixture properly and if you don't dissolve it properly then you will be swallowing grains of sugar which isn't pleasant. Personally i use my own homemade sugar syrup made with brown sugar so i would advise you use the same... regular sugar syrup is more than sufficient as well. To make your own syrup simply add sugar to boiling water and simmer whilst continually stirring. I have no exact proportions so just do it by eye and use your own judgement, you will need to be aware that as it cools it will thicken so don't make it like a caramel as it will crystalise and won't pour. Now, i mentioned previously that the amount of sugar you put into your old fashioned is completely down to your personal preference and its true... you may not want any but i think it needs a bit. If unsure start off with a small amount and slowly add more to taste until you get the amount you are happy with. With the garnish i also like the flame the orange above the drink so you get an extra hit of orange in the drink which adds more dimension (in my opinion). In terms of bitters i use orange but Aromatic and Jerry Thomas bitters also work amazingly in an old fashioned so feel free to variate like i said it is all down to what you enjoy i simply wanted to provide a template for you all which you can all tweak. Don't feel intimidated by making this drink like many are... i did not enjoy having an Old Fashioned as a 'frenemy'. At the end of the day its all about having fun, experimenting and drinking delicious cocktails... Go get 'em!!

Until next time
Peace out!!
'The Honest Bartender'

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