Drink of the Weekend February 6th ’15

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- Auld Fashioned -

 

Originally created in the 19th century, the Old Fashioned traditionally uses bourbon as its base – but try swapping it for a single malt for a Scottish twist. According to legend, this is the first drink to ever be referred to as a “cocktail”. The Old Fashioned became very popular during the 1960s and is a favorite of Mad Men’s stylish Don Draper.

Old Fashioneds are an American classic, right up there with Martinis and Manhattans. But this exalted place in the bar pantheon was not easily won. Facing the perils of Prohibition and destructively “creative” bartenders, the drink has proved itself a survivor, worthy of its current popularity and status.

According to Robert Simonson, cocktail writer for The New York Times and author of The Old-Fashioned, “I think the Old-Fashioned craze has also dovetailed with a lot of drinkers coming back to whiskey,” Simonson says. “Whiskey was not very cool for a long time…people came to recognize we have this great thing called bourbon, and we used to have this great thing called rye, and it was actually really good, and why were we ignoring it. So they came back to American whiskey and there’s no better cocktail for American whiskey to shine than the Old-Fashioned.”

Here is a cool take on the drink, using Bushmills

 

Auld Fashioned

1½ oz. Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whiskey
½ oz. simple syrup
2 dashes orange bitters

Stir. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with orange twist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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