Old Fashioned Cocktail
The old-fashioned has indeed been around a long time–almost to the dawn of the cocktail as we know it, in a style already popular in New Orleans. An old-fashioned is similar in many ways to a Sazerac, which lays claim to being the very first cocktail of them all. It was my father’s favorite drink, so I picked up the habit from him. Even though my tastes have moved on, I still have an Old Fashioned every now and then, especially when I’m in an old-fashioned bar like the Court of Two Sisters or Galatoire’s.
- 6 oz. simple syrup (see recipe)
- 1 tsp. Angostura bitters
- 1 tsp. Peychaud’s bitters
- 8 oz. Bourbon whiskey
- Crushed ice
- Club soda
- 1 orange, cut into 8 half-moon slices
- 16 stemmed maraschino cherries
1. Combine the syrup, both bitters, and Bourbon in a shaker filled with crushed ice.
2. Strain the mixture into old-fashioned glasses filled about two-thirds full with crushed ice. Top with club soda, and stir two or three strokes. Garnish glass with orange slice and two cherries per glass.