Not many would call us Old Fashioned. However, every once in a while, we do like to indulge in our old souls and slow down just a little bit to enjoy some of the finer things in life. Cue the ever classical Old Fashioned cocktail. We decided to bring you something a little different for this July’s Drink of the Month and give you a little bourbon action.
An Old Fashioned is traditionally made with whiskey, bitters, sugar cubes (or simple syrup), and citrus peel (usually orange). This drink is a sipper, it is meant to be savored and enjoyed. Which is why, when it comes to the booze, you really want to make sure that you don’t skim on your bourbon/whiskey. Invest in a high quality brand, as the bourbon is truly the star of this drink. As the ice melts, the flavor profile really begins to change and evolves as you sip.
Though we are sharing a very classic cocktail this month and I haven’t added a whole bunch of bells and whistles to the drink, this recipe is meant to be a starting point. You can enjoy the drink as is, or play around with it, I have a couple tips below on how to try modify this Old Fashioned and make it your own.
This is completely your preference, try out a nice white bourbon. This option might make the cocktail a little bit more user friendly to those that drink vodka or rum and are a little scared of bourbon. The liquor is really dealer’s choice here, just remember that this drink is meant to highlight the bourbon, so don’t skip on quality for this one.
This is truly were you can play around the most with your flavor profile. When making the simple syrup, you can infuse the syrup with different herbs to give your cocktail an herbaceous note…think rosemary and orange. The possibilities here are really endless, just remember, a little can go a long way. The bourbon will always be the star in this drink, so try not to overpower it.
Orange is the most common citrus that you will see served with an Old Fashioned, and it’s usually just a sliver of orange peel. Play around with different citruses here, grapefruit would go amazing with a white bourbon. Or think winter and try out blood oranges!
- 2 teaspoons simple syrup
- 4 dashed Angostura bitters
- 3 ounces bourbon
- 1 2-inch piece of orange peel
- Place simple syrup and bitters in an Old Fashioned glass, stir well.
- Add in bourbon and stir, than add ice cube. Stir to chill and garnish with orange peel.