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The name Old Fashioned translates as old-fashioned. However, this classic cocktail is by no means old-fashioned. Wondering how it is prepared, who invented it and what it tastes like? We answer the most important questions about this unique whisky cocktail and show you the recipe and variations.
The Old Fashioned is a cocktail with whisky.
The Old Fashioned is one of the most important representatives of classic cocktails, which can of course still be found on cocktail menus even after well over 100 years. You can order it in almost every reputable bar around the world.
The Old Fashioned is one of the most important representatives of classic cocktails
The ingredients for an original Old Fashioned are straightforward: all you need is whisky, sugar, cocktail bitters, orange peel and ice. It is a short drink and is served in style in an Old Fashioned glass. It resembles a whisky glass, but has a slightly conical shape that tapers towards the bottom. Alternatively, you can of course also use a classic tumbler.
You don't have to go to the nearest bar for an Old Fashioned, you can simply mix this classic yourself at home.
Old Fashioned - the recipe
In addition to the tried and tested classic, there are exciting alternatives with interesting flavor nuances in which various spirits are combined with different bitters.
Instead of Angostura bitters, you can also use other bitter variants with warmer flavors. When looking for variations, there are many ways to replace whisky with a spirit of your choice. For example, brown rum, gin, vodka, brandy and brandy are just as suitable as matured tequila or mezcal. We will briefly introduce you to two variations below:
The Old Fashioned can be prepared not only with whisky, but also with rum.
Exotic bitters, for example with cinnamon or clove flavors, are suitable as a dignified substitute for Angostura bitters.
The Don Lockwood cocktail is a smokier version of the Old Fashioned.
This short drink, which practically emerged from the primordial sea of cocktails, can be described with a clear conscience as the progenitor of today's cocktails. Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to fathom which subtle inventor we ultimately have to thank for the Old Fashioned.
At the beginning of the 19th century, a forerunner of the Old Fashioned was drunk in the USA, which was simply called the Whisky Cocktail. It was first mentioned in writing in 1806 and referred to as the bittered sling. This ancient drink was simply a variant of the mixed drink sling, with bitters added to the whisky alongside water and sugar.
The Old Fashioned was already a popular drink in the 19th century - only then it was simply called a whisky cocktail
The common recipe was described by bartender Jerry Thomas in his 1862 bar book entitled "How to Mix Drinks, or the Bon Vivant's Companion":
Similar recipes for the whisky cocktail can also be found in other treatises from this period, while new variations containing liqueurs, other spirits or other ingredients also emerged at the same time.
Over the decades, more and more whisky cocktails were created alongside the Old Fashioned.
When ordering a traditional whisky cocktail according to the classic recipe, an additional specification gradually became established and connoisseurs requested the Old Fashioned whisky cocktail when ordering. Over time, the whisky cocktail disappeared from this somewhat unwieldy name.
In the 20th century, the Old Fashioned cocktail finally began its triumphal march, which continues to this day. According to legend, the Pendennis Club in Louisville in the US state of Kentucky played a key role in this. There, the bartender Martin Cuneo is said to have served the Old Fashioned to a guest named General James E. Pepper in the early 1890s. However, this story did not appear until several decades later and is now considered a rather dubious legend.
Although the Old Fashioned consists of just a few ingredients and is comparatively easy to mix , its taste is amazingly complex and surprisingly intense. Unlike straight whisky, the aromas here are far less strong and therefore much gentler, but in combination with the slight sweetness and pleasant bitter notes, a unique complexity is created.
Fruity, tart and intense, yet mild whisky flavors - this is what the Old Fashioned tastes like
Bourbon whisky is best suited to the Old Fashioned, which is why it is usually used as the basis for the cocktail. It is pleasantly mild and its fine aromas of wood, vanilla and caramel combine wonderfully with Angostura bitters.
According to the recommendation of the International Bartenders Association, rye whisky distilled from rye mash is a good alternative to bourbon. Scotch whisky is rarely used in the preparation of this cocktail. Of course, this doesn't mean that you can't use it to mix this cocktail. At least there are no rules that could limit your experimentation in this regard.
A bourbon or rye whisky is best suited to the Old Fashioned
Have you acquired a taste for it after reading this? Then browse through our range here and find the right spirits for the classic or interesting Old Fashioned variations.
Recipes with gin:
Recipes with Vodka:
Non-alcoholic cocktail recipes:
Recipes with rum:
Recipes with whisky:
Recipes with grain:
Strong cocktails with multiple spirits:
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