The “old fashioned” is a classic and sophisticated cocktail that is popular even to this day, despite being developed during the 19th century. It is still a prominent choice among the business elite, and the elite in general who prefer a simple and effective drink that doesn’t contain all the frills of many other modern cocktails.
The drink in general is a cocktail that became so prominent it even ended up being served in its own glass, named after the drink. It has the distinction of being one of the six basic drinks listed in the famous cocktail book, The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks. This particular recipe focuses on the brandy version of the classic drink.
- 2 ounces of brandy
- Plain water
- 1 sugar cube
- 2 dashes of angostura bitters
- Place the sugar cube in the glass, then add bitters.
- After this, add a dash of plain water.
- Muddle this mixture to provide a foundation for the brandy.
- Add brandy.
- Old-fashioned glass
There are many variations on this simple classic. Some people choose to top off the classic with lemon-lime soda, sour mix, and other mixtures. This of course can add to the taste, but is never necessary. The drink is often served with a stirring rod for the bitters and the sugar to permeate through=, as well. Although it doesn’t require a garnish, a brandy old-fashioned may have a brandied or maraschino cherry, or an orange slice to do the job. The drink also certainly doesn’t require ice, but some people insist on it. It’s a very simple and classic drink that many people have their own version of – and is still popular today.
In fact, the city of Louisville, Kentucky, actually made the drink their official cocktail of the city in 2015. They even have a two-week celebration of the cocktail every June 14, that consists of events all around the city that are based around the classic drink. It should be noted that in Wisconsin, particularly, the drink always involves brandy, which is a phenomenon limited to that state. Regardless, the drink is certain to be a simple and sophisticated way to enjoy your afternoon. Drink responsibly!