There's no better cocktail to showcase your American whiskey than the Old Fashioned. It's a spirit-forward drink, but the alcohol flavour can be tamed with the addition of muddled fruit.
Originally developed in the 19th century, the fundamental ingredients included a base alcohol, a sweetener, and bitters. Variations abound. Try bourbon or try rye; muddle a sugar cube soaked in bitters with water, or use simple syrup; try different combinations of bitters; and if you must, try muddling orange slices and cherries. Here is a classic version to get started.
What you need
- 2 oz. bourbon
- 4 dashes aromatic bitters
- 1 tsp. simple syrup or a sugar cube
- flamed orange peel
How to make it
Fill rocks glass with ice, add bitters, simple, and bourbon. Stir for 30 rotations. Flame orange peel over the surface of the drink and wipe on the rim before tucking it into the ice.
Don't have simple syrup? Simply place a sugar cube in the glass and douse it with the bitters and a couple teaspoons of water. Muddle before adding the bourbon and stir. Want to make simple syrup? Just add equal parts sugar to boiling water (by volume); stir until clear, then chill.