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DharMag January 2016 Old Fashioned cocktail: recipe, ingredients and history of the most loved cocktail of all time

Old Fashioned cocktail, originale recipe cocktail with whiskey american cocktail The Old Fashioned is a cocktail for serious drinkers, accustomed to the flavor of the whiskey, like Don Draper of Mad Men. His full name is Old-Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail and it comes from the fact that those who ordered it asked for a whiskey in the old way.

And the old way is and should always be like that: a lump in the glass, two drops of Angostura, a bit of soda to dissolve, some muddler pounding and then add the ice, you let the whiskey come in, mix well but gently and squeeze a lemon peel over the cocktail and then you can decorate with a maraschino cherry, a slice of orange and lemon peel.

Cocktail Old Fashioned. The most famous cocktail, strong whiskey drink There aren’t any fruit juices, syrups or liqueur as triple sec or maraschino to sweeten the pill, just a man and his whiskey to the old way. It’s no coincidence that during the Prohibition the bartenders used to pound a lemon peel with the sugar to disguise the flaws of the moonshine.

We are talking about a pillar of the history of mixed drinks, one of the oldest cocktails, born towards the 1800, along with the Sazerac, different for the ingredients but with which it shares the same preparation, or should I say the same ritual.

Because you should never user syrup bur sugar, only simple sugar, it takes a bit longer to prepare it. Unless you want to customize your syrup with some particular ingredients, but but that’s another story.

Old Fashioned cocktail, cocktail with whiskey Angostura orange slice lemon peel The appearance of the Old Fashioned cocktail is minimal, of an unique, silent elegance: has an amber, intriguing color that hypnotize your eyes, filled with ice crystal, from which peep a cheeky slice of orange and solomonic lemon zest.

A masterpiece of intense flavor, enhanced by the balsamic flavor of the ‘Angostura, which support the spiciness of the whiskey and the sweetness of the lump, dozing in the background. This cocktail is so famous and historic that also the glass used has taken its name.

Ingredients of the Old Fashioned

  • 4.5 cl of whiskey
  • 1 lump of sugar
  • 2 drops of Angostura
  • a dash of soda to dissolve the cube

How to prepare the perfect Old Fashioned

Put the sugar cube in a glass and drop two tears of Angostura and a dash of soda. Pound with the muddler to dissolve sugar, capturing the essence of Angostura.

Old Fashioned cocktail, cocktail with bourbon bacon infused sugar angostura Fill with ice and pour your favorite whiskey, which can be scotch, bourbon or rye. Garnish with a slice of orange, lemon peel and a maraschino cherry.

Suggested food pairings for the Old Fashioned cocktail?

The whiskey gives character and strength to the cocktail, so dare with red meats, grilled fish, smoked salmon, lasagne, roasted veal, beef ribs in bbq sauce, brisket, fish balls, baked pasta.

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