The Old Fashioned is one of THE classic cocktails, and my absolute go-to drink. It’s a cocktail that every gentleman should know how to make.
Not only is the Old Fashioned and elegant cocktail, but it’s extremely simple to make. At its core, the Old Fashioned recipe is just (1) rye or bourbon, (2) bitters, and (3) a little bit of sweetness.
I’ve written before about my love for the Old Fashioned and my sentimental attachment to it. Now, here’s a quick video tutorial that shows you how easy it is to make. In the video, I show the ingredients you need (including how to make simple syrup–it’s pretty…uh, simple), how to make the drink, and how I like to garnish my Old Fashioned.
If you try to make it yourself, leave a comment below and let me know how it turns out!
Extra credit: As I mention in the video, there are various ingredients people use for the sweetening agent. I don’t feel the need to put muddled fruit in my Old Fashioned as a garnish. But on occasion, it’s been a useful sweetener when I was too lazy to make simple syrup. Once of the most interesting impromptu Old Fashioneds I’ve made was using muddled watermelon. Might sound girly, but it was damn tasty: it added just the right amount of sweetness, and it gave it a whole new dimension that I hadn’t tasted before. I’ve also tried using strawberries, jam, and a ton of other things…Let me know if you explore any “alternative” sweetners—share you experience in the comments below. Cheers!