The Old Fashioned: An Essential Guide to the Original Whiskey Cocktail
Albert W. A. Schmid
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American tavern owners caused a sensation in the late eighteenth century when they mixed sugar, water, bitters, and whiskey and served the drink with rooster feather stirrers. The modern version of this "original cocktail," widely known as the Old Fashioned, is a standard in any bartender's repertoire and holds the distinction of being the only mixed drink ever to rival the Martini in popularity.
In The Old Fashioned, Gourmand Award–winning author Albert W. A. Schmid profiles the many people and places that have contributed to the drink's legend since its origin. This satisfying book explores the history of the Old Fashioned through its ingredients and accessories―a rocks glass, rye whiskey or bourbon, sugar, bitters, and orange zest to garnish―and details the cocktail's surprising influence on the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and the Broadway musical scene, as well as its curious connection to the SAT college entrance examination. Schmid also considers the impact of various bourbons on the taste of the drink and reviews the timeless debate about whether to muddle.
This spirited guide is an entertaining and refreshing read, featuring a handpicked selection of recipes along with delicious details about the particularities that arose with each new variation. Perfect for anyone with a passion for mixology or bourbon, The Old Fashioned is a cocktail book for all seasons.
Fashioned Gary Regan is a bartender, a consultant, and the author of several books, including The Bartender’s Bible.29 He lists three recipes for the Old Fashioned that are identical, with the exception of the whiskey: one is made with bourbon, one with Scotch, and one with blended Canadian whisky. Regan suggests that Canadian whisky is the proper choice for a classic Old Fashioned. 3 dashes bitters 1 teaspoon water 1 sugar cube Ice cubes 3 ounces whiskey (bourbon, Scotch, or blended Canadian
sugar with blackberries and honey. It is important to note that honey is sweeter than sugar, so less is required to achieve the same level of sweetness. ½ orange slice 2 blackberries ¼ teaspoon (a drizzle) of honey 2 dashes Gary Regan’s orange bitters Ice 1½ ounces bourbon whiskey Soda to fill In an Old Fashioned glass, muddle the orange slice, blackberries, honey, and bitters. Then fill the glass with ice, bourbon, and soda. Shake the ingredients together, strain the mixture into another glass
of someone planning a career in law or academia. This new group of bartenders cares not only for the customer but also for the product they serve. Both are treated with the respect and care they are due. The bartender facilitates a symbiotic relationship between the customer and the cocktail, each relying on the other for survival. There is no better time to enjoy the Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail. Cheers! — Albert W. A. Schmid Louisville, Kentucky xvii xviii The Old Fashioned Whiskey
transport undistilled crops. For the first eighteen months, the tax was largely uncollected. When the government moved to enforce the law, the farmers rebelled by tarring and feathering tax collectors. This became known as the Whiskey Rebellion. In July 1794 the conflict came to a climax when shots were exchanged at the Battle of Bower Hill. President George Washington, as the commander in chief, led 15,000 militia to put down the rebels, meeting minimal resistance. Several people were tried for
sprigs of mint. Use plenty of fine ice, and decorate with strawberries and pineapples, or any fruit in season.16 New Orleans Toddy One lump sugar, one tablespoonful of water, one wineglassful of whiskey or brandy, one lump of ice. Use small bar glass.17 The Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail This recipe is from George Kappeler’s Modern American Drinks, published in 1895: Dissolve a small lump of sugar with a little water in a whiskey-glass; add two dashes Angostura bitters, a small piece ice, a