The Old Fashioned is one of the most venerable of cocktails, predating not only the motorcar but the presidency of Abe Lincoln. Properly made, it's strong but not too strong, sweet but not too sweet, and, most importantly, it's dead-simple and absolutely delicious.
- Yield:Makes 1 cocktail
- Active time: 5 minutes
- Total time:5 minutes
- 1 teaspoon (5g) superfine sugar (or 1 sugar cube)
- 2 to 3 dashes bitters (Angostura is traditional and works well; Fee Brothers’ Whiskey Barrel-Aged Old Fashioned Bitters are better)
- 2 ounces (60ml) bourbon or rye whiskey
- Orange and/or cherry, to garnish (optional)
Place sugar in an Old Fashioned glass. Douse with bitters and add a few drops of water. Add whiskey and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add several large ice cubes and stir rapidly with a bar spoon to chill. Garnish, if you like, with a slice of orange and/or a cherry.