Hey folks, it’s that time again! Everyone had such a great reaction to our first video that we really couldn’t wait to put up a second one. We decided to keep it simple yet again for our second take, so I bring you an American classic, The Old Fashioned Cocktail. This is the drink that Kramer and I make most at home, and it’s something that I love to make at parties, too. It’s easy to pull together, doesn’t take many ingredients, and I think that everyone appreciates a properly made old fashioned, especially if you have any brandied cherries leftover from the summer; we obviously ran out of ours, as I made them last July, but I will certainly be making them again because a splash of the juice that the cherries are stored in really takes this drink over the top. I don’t like to get too fussy with my cocktails, and this is the perfect example of that philosophy. All you need is a sugar cube, bitters, bourbon, ice, an orange peel, a lemon peel, and a cherry. Boom! You’re done. Now, as far as the bitters go, I like to use Angostura or orange bitters, depending on my mood. The Angostura has a more unique, warming flavor, while the orange variety makes the drink taste a bit more refreshing; I like to use orange in the summer and Angostura in the winter. You have a few options when it comes to your liquor, too. I like to use bourbon in my old fashioneds in the summer, as it’s generally a bit sweeter and I think makes the drink a bit more appealing to a large group of people. However, rye is an excellent option, too, and adds some depth to the cocktail. For this video, though, I used Michter’s whiskey, which is a nice, slightly gingery option that is perfect for the season. So, now that we’ve got that squared away, it’s time to make some drinks.
Our friend Matt Hobby was, yet again, kind enough to come over and guide us with this video shoot, which was much needed and appreciated. I promise that he was repaid in many an old fashioned…as we all were. I love a cocktail like this because you really have to make each one individually, but once you get it down, it takes all of 15 seconds to make each one, and you can chat and explain to your guests what you’re doing, which I think makes the process more fun. There are a million ways to make an old fashioned your own, but it’s truly The Great American Cocktail (in my eyes, anyway) and is something that I think everyone should know how to make. It warms you in the winter, and can be refreshing in the summer, shaken over ice and maybe with a citrus simple syrup instead of the sugar cube. You can make properly constructed drinks at home, and this just goes to show it. You don’t need to go to an expensive bar or buy the most budget-breaking liquor; just hand crafting a drink like this at home will make an evening in or before dinner drinks extra special.
- 1 orange peel
- 1 sugar cube
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 3 ounces bourbon, rye, or whiskey (although I prefer bourbon)
- 2 ice cubes
- 1 lemon peel
- 1 Maraschino or brandied cherry
- Take your first orange peel and rub it around the inside of the glass, then set it aside. Drop a sugar cube in the glass, then drop the bitters directly on top of the sugar cube and mash/muddle until the sugar has somewhat disintegrated and mixed with the sugar. Add in your bourbon, then the ice cubes. Drop in your orange peel, then rub your lemon peel around the rim of the glass. Drop in your cherry, stir to combine, and serve.