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Old Fashioned cocktail
Old Fashioned cocktail: Reconnect with an old-fashioned classic!

Recipe

For 1 person
6 cl whiskey*
1 piece of sugar
3 to 4 dashes of aromatic bitters (Angostura...)

How to make

👉 straight to glass / 🥃 old fashioned / 🍸 short drink (7cl) / ⏱️ 3 mn
  1. Place the sugar in a glass then dissolve it in a little water.

  2. Pour in a few dashes of aromatic bitters (Angostura...).

  3. Add a few ice cubes.

  4. Pour in the whiskey.

  5. Stir with a mixing spoon.

  6. Garnish with a lemon zest.**

History

The Old Fashioned cocktail is a short drink composed of whiskey, sugar and aromatic bitters. Its history could date back to the 18th century with the emergence of aromatic bitters that were already mixed with whiskey.

Then in 1806 the word "cocktail" appeared to designate a drink composed of alcohol, sugar, water and bitters, the "Whiskey Cocktail" which is the old name given to the Old Fashioned was then born.

In 1862 Jerry Thomas published the recipe for the Whiskey Cocktail in his book "Bar-tenders Guide", then with the rise of mixed drinks the Whiskey Cocktail was seen more and more made with the addition of liqueurs and others, not not necessarily pleasing to certain customers who then began to ask for "old-fashioned" cocktails, the Old Fashioned was then born.

In 1888, the Old Fashioned recipe appeared under that name for the first time in a cocktail book in "Bartender's Manual" by Theodore Proulx, bartender at Chapin & Gore Saloon in Chicago.

In the 20th century we began to try to modernize the Old Fashioned by adding orange and a sometimes crushed cherry, but a modernized Old Fashioned can no longer really be called an Old Fashioned and in the end we always come back to it more or less to the original authentic version.

* The whiskey used in the Old Fashioned was rarely mentioned in 19th century books, sometimes rye, sometimes Canadian, today bourbon is commonly used. Just use your favorite whiskey!

** The decoration of the Old Fashioned is a bit of a debate, one thing is certain there was no cherry originally but some appreciate its presence, and all the cocktail books from the 19th mentioned lemon zest as a garnish, as much in Old Fashioned recipes as in those of its predecessor the Whiskey Cocktail.

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