"I'll take an Old Fashioned."
When you hear someone order this drink, an added classiness has suddenly been brought to the bar. You might turn around and expect to see Don Draper from Mad Men sitting next to you in his very impressionable suit and tie get up. Always ready to seal the deal with finesse and with a perfect Old Fashioned at his disposal.
If you haven’t seen the television show Mad Men, let us give you a rundown:
Real men drink Old Fashioned cocktails.
The name given to this well-known concoction of bourbon whiskey was at a gentleman’s club in Louisville Kentucky. The bartender who coined the name in honor of James E. Pepper, a prominent bourbon distiller, then brought it to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New York City. This 19th century born cocktail gathered momentum amongst the more mature drinkers palate, and stands the test of time with its simplicity, and straight to the point ingredients.
An Old Fashioned is the cocktail of choice for those who are sure about everything they do, and how they do it. They’ll have none of that fancy mixologist crap. The ingredients are specific, and sets the standard of what kind of man you are. It is to the point, and men who order an Old Fashioned prefer to cut the ‘BS’ and get right down to business. I mean in the literal sense, this drink is basically all whiskey, and gets down to business real quick. In the figurative sense, come on, it is Don Draper’s favorite drink and he always gets what he wants.
How do you make this cocktail at home you ask?
It is pretty simple. Here is what you will need to make the perfect Old Fashioned at home.
- Your Favorite Rye Whiskey or Bourbon (For instance GQ Barber Lounge's Rye Whiskey, Hoschstaders Slow and Low)
- Sugar Cubes
- Angostura Bitters
- 1 Orange, optional
- Luxardo Cherries, (optional but recommended)
The traditional Old Fashioned is served in nothing other than an Old Fashioned glass, also known as a rocks glass, which is a drinkware used to serve alcohol such as whiskey, over ice. Along with your glassware, an Old Fashioned will call for a muddler. This is not dire to the overall drink production, however it is easier and looks more official. Remember, WWDDD, ‘'What Would Don Draper Do?"
Once you have gathered all of the ingredients, it is time to start concocting your cocktail!
- Place your sugar cube in your Old Fashioned glass, along with 2-3 dashes of bitters, and a splash of water.
- Muddle your sugar cube at the bottom of your glass.
- If you do not have a muddler, get creative and use a spoon, lipstick tube, you get the picture.
- Fill your glass with ice cubes
- Add your whiskey
- Top off your drink with a cocktail cherry and an orange slice
You might have noticed that the ultimate Old Fashioned is served with one single, clear, spherical shaped ice ball. This has a purpose, and yes your ice does make a difference. Normal ice will be suitable, however the cloudier and smaller the ice cubes, the faster they will melt and dilute your drink you worked so hard to create. With that said, you will have three options:
Option 1: Enjoy your perfectly made Old Fashioned at home with regular ice, but drink it fast
Option 2: Purchase your very own ice sphere trays
Option 3: Head over to Avelina and enjoy their perfectly crafted Old Fashioned!
Avelina is located near Union Station, right where the action is. As part of the Urban Food Group, they set it as their mission to provide drinks and food that make your taste buds tingle with excitement. You are really in luck if Ryan is there managing the bar. He approaches his style of bartending with a distinct layer of passion and love for his craft. He enjoys being creative, as he experiments with cocktails that add an excellent touch to the overall experience. That is why he started bartending in the first place.
Ryan has had a lot of experience with the Old Fashioned, it is even his drink of choice because it is "DELICIOUS"! He also describes the drink as, "Stereotypically the Old Fashioned is considered an old man's drink, which is not the case. There are a lot of women who come in to enjoy them as well". In fact he has a sweet, savory, cinnamon recipe perfect for the holidays not mentioned on the menu. Just go in and tell him to make it the way he likes it, he will know what to do. You did't hear it from us though;)