Old Fashioned Cocktail – Deep dive into this mixed drink classic

August 21, 2017 (Last Updated: March 19, 2019) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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For the next few weeks we are going to look at another classic with the Old Fashioned cocktail. This drink goes back about as far as the word cocktail and I am ready to learn more. Previously, I had covered the Manhattan cocktail and the Old Fashioned cocktail gives me the same sort of feels… all warm inside. Over the next few weeks, we will explore the tastes, history, and culture of the Old Fashioned.

Why an Old Fashioned

I chose this topic based on a discussion with a cocktail expert friend. I asked if he could learn about any drink, what would it be. To paraphrase our conversation, he said “I think I would want more people to learn about the Old Fashioned. People have so many hard lined opinions on what an Old Fashioned is supposed to be and I just don’t think that’s right.” So here I am, delving back into the bourbon and rye world. Such a terrible thing, right? Did you smell that sarcasm? I really did have fun doing my series on gin and tonic, but I find myself coming back to the American Whiskey’s all too often.

Format change announcement

For now one, all of my recipes will be focused around sprinkles. I kid…. I kid.

Thus far, I have been adding my favorite or best recipe toward the end of the series. Now, I am going to start posting a ‘first take’ at a recipe. Then, for the final recipe, after doing all of my due diligence in researching the food item and exploring the essence of it, provide a second recipe. This second recipe will be more of a reach to find the spirit and honor the origin of the cocktail than the first. Both are meant to taste good, but one gets a little bit more nerdy

So, stay tuned folks. Much more about the Old Fashioned Cocktail in the next few weeks.

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    August 21, 2017 at 11:09 am

    My husband is a whiskey and bourbon guy, but I’m more of a Stella Artois kinda girl… However, I would like to train my palette to appreciate whiskey so he doesn’t complain about having no one to drink with! >.<

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    August 22, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Coincidentally, I had an old fashioned for lunch. Well, not “for lunch.” I mean, I did have some whitefish pate along with the old fashioned. I’m looking forward to what you have to say. BTW, I just stumbled across your blog today, and I really like it! What a cool and novel approach to a food blog. I can’t wait to dig my way through it.

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      August 23, 2017 at 5:29 am

      Thanks for the complement Jeff! Covering the Old Fashioned is probably just an excuse to indulge my growing whiskey tastes. I am digging Make It Like A Man as well. Your improv area is great. I mean, who doesn’t have those nights… and sometimes the improv meals end up being the very best – EXCEPT I never write down those recipes.

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