The Old Fashioned is cocktail number 58 on the Swank Cocktail Guide.
Old Fashioned cocktail history
The Old Fashioned is a simple cocktail, concocted with sugar, bitters, whiskey, and a garnish. Jerry Thomas’ How to Mix Drinks, The Bon-vivant’s Companion, published in 1862, contained a Whiskey Cocktail recipe that was essentially an Old Fashioned. By the second half of the 1800s, Old Fashioned cocktail recipes began to be published in newspapers as well.
Old Fashioned cocktail recipe
1 lump Sugar, 1 dash Bitters, 2 jiggers Whiskey. Add ice cubes and Lemon twist. Fill with water or Soda, garnish with fruit.
- Crown Royal Canadian Whisky
- Angostura Bitters
- SodaStream carbonated water
- Lemon twist, orange slice, cherry
Old Fashioned cocktail review
Our ratings (1-5 🍸)
My parents drank Scotch every evening – my Dad, a Scotch and soda, and my Mom, a Scotch and water. Despite decades of their coaching, neither of us ever developed an affinity for whisky. The bitters, sugar, and fruit helped a bit, but not enough for us to go beyond 🍸🍸. Life’s too short to drink what you don’t like.
Next up… Cocktail # 59, Orange Blossom