• Sarah

    I think they started adding fruit because the bootlegged liquor was probably VERY strong. So I’m sure it wasn’t to hide the fact they were drinking but just to make it go down easier. I need to add a spoon to mine now…that sounds fun :) My grandfather’s drink was an Old Fashioned but he’d always order it without the fruit.

    August 02, 2012
    • Hi Sarah,

      They did add the fruit because the hooch was so strong and tasted pretty bad. I love that your grandpa was a ‘purist’ and ordered it without fruit. My grandpa was a highball guy….waaaay more booze than 7up though. ;) CHEERS!

      August 02, 2012
  • A true old-fashioned is from way before prohibition and has NO pineapple. It is merely sugar, bitters, water and alcohol. Later in the early 1900’s an orange/cherry were added as garnish and later because of prohibition may have been added directly to the mix. An old fashioned should be just that an old fashioned cocktail, sugar, bitters, water and alcohol, period.


    June 09, 2012
  • LMR

    skip the sugar cube and make a batch simple syrup. 1 Cup water 1 Cup sugar, boil until sugar is dissolved. A much smoother cocktail. We skip the pineapple and use Gentleman Jack for the booze and club soda in place of the water. Our family’s favorite fall drink.

    November 10, 2011
  • [...] The Classic Old Fashioned Revisited [...]

    October 29, 2010
  • I would recommend this procedure to make the “perfect” and classic Old Fashioned:

    Rub one large white cane sugar cube on a washed orange, until the oils are soaked up of the cube [the cube is then very yellowish].
    Soak then the cube with Aromatic Bitters.
    Lay it into the Old Fashioned glass and add little water [<1/2 ounce].
    Muddle and dissolve the sugar cube.
    Add 2 large ice cubes [1" side length] add 1/2 ounce or good Rye [Rittenhouse bottled in bond is great - but Wild Turkey is also good]; stir.
    Add another 2 large ice cubes and add another 1/2 ounce of Rye and stir again.
    Repeat this procedure another 2 times.
    Have a large orange twist [no pith] spray the oils over the drink surface and add it as garnish into the drink.


    September 10, 2010
    • That sounds fantastic Dominik! Thanks for giving us that recipe. I’m definitely going to try it! I’ve been drinking the Wild Turkey Rye and am really impressed with it. But I recently picked up some Whistle Pig Rye, because I heard it was off the charts delicious. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, because I’ve been working with infused spirits (I know this probably goes against everything you believe in – but they’re really good). I’ll get on the tasting and report back to you.

      September 10, 2010
      • I would almost say, that this is a secret recipe as well as the secret door to heaven… The Old Fashioned is really that good [and you could even use different other sipping spirits: aged rum, añejo tequila, cognac, armagnac, calvados].

        Unfortunately I haven’t got the chance to try WhistlePig – sounds very interesting though [unfortunately in Dubai things are arriving always a bit later - if they are coming anyway...].

        And no – infusing is not against my beliefs.
        I only try, to tickle out the prevalent flavors in the spirit with the additional aromatics, instead of giving a spirit a completely new character.

        This except of vodka [as it is more or less neutral and is made to make crazy infusions].
        Best infusion yet: Spiced Rum – if you will try it, you can not believe, how bad the quality of any commercial spiced rum is. It is just amazing… but this is another story!

        September 11, 2010
  • No, no and another time no…

    An Old Fashioned is suffer from muddling any fruit [especially cherries].
    It is simply a slightly sweetened, spiced [bitters] and diluted variation of the spirit you are using.

    I don’t really have something against muddling fruit – but it just makes a different drink out of it.

    September 09, 2010
    • I’ll definitely try with just the rye and the bitters (I like the rye whiskey enough to do that).

      For the record…I only muddle 1 cherry in there and it’s of the not sweet variety. I make my own maraschino cherries with maraschino liqueur (they’re really boozy, but not sweet ;) ). maraschino cherry recipe

      September 09, 2010
  • Yum, I love an Old Fashioned drink sometimes. Nice!

    July 31, 2010
  • Since I don’t speak Italian, I guess I’ll have to amuse myself with a spoon. Although I hear you can’t spoon alone.

    July 31, 2010
    • Well, there’s always a body pillow for spooning with. Plus, you don’t have that awkward moment where you kick him out before he expects you to make breakfast. ;)

      July 31, 2010
  • It’s true, the old, Old Fashioned (http://www.classicmixology.com/cocktails/old_fashioned_whiskey_cocktail/1900) didn’t include fruit, just a lemon peel. And if you really want to be “old fashioned”, just order a Whiskey Cocktail (http://www.classicmixology.com/cocktails/whiskey_cocktail/1862).

    July 31, 2010
    • Or you could skip the frou-frou altogether and order your whiskey neat. Me, I gotta have a bit of the frou-frou.

      July 31, 2010
  • What a beautiful photograph, Pam. I bet it tasted as good as it looks!

    July 30, 2010
    • Lynne – you’ve got to try it. I’ve never been a big fan of the brown liquors (a bit too strong for my taste) but Kate over at Savour recommended I try the rye whiskey. Now, I’m hooked!

      July 31, 2010
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    July 30, 2010

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