The Old Fashioned is the epitome of a cocktail: spirit, bitters, water, and sugar. This formulation has endured since Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark to find out what exactly was contained in his Louisiana Purchase, and by the time of Lincoln, when it received its name, it was already an old-timey, nostalgia inducing drink.
This beverage showcases your base spirit and can highlight flavor differences between brands. While ryes, bourbons, and other American whiskeys have been the traditional stars, any complex spirit can shine in this drink. Consider trying different sugars, different bitters, or split any of the component parts to create your own “new” Old Fashioned.
2 oz base spirit
1 tsp sugar (or 0.25 oz of simple syrup)
2 dashes bitters
Combine sugar and bitters in an Old Fashioned glass
Add spirit and ice
Stir until well chilled
Add garnish if desired
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