I know you’ve heard about the alcohol rules around here. Martinis are made with gin and we drink our whiskey straight. But if you must have a whiskey mixed drink, the old-fashioned is the way to go.
The drink is actually called an “Old-Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail,” but that’s a lot to say every time you order. And it’s an easy drink to make when it comes to impressing people and feeling fancy. Also, great for when you’re watching Mad Men.
The first time I had an old-fashioned was right after graduating from law school. We went out for dinner, and my father ordered one. I ordered white wine. It was a huge mistake. The old-fashioned is slightly bitter, slightly sweet, and perfectly smooth from the bourbon. Moving forward.
Try to use a decent bourbon in this. You won’t be mixing it with much, so you’ll really taste the liquor. I used Maker’s Mark, my go-to when it comes to bourbon. All bourbon suggestions are welcome in the comments, as I’m always looking for new things to try!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 oz. Bourbon
- Maraschino Cherries
1. You’ll need orange peels, so do that first. Then muddle the orange, two cherries, and the sugar in the bottom of the glass with a little bit of water.
2. Throw in 1-2 ice cubes depending on preference. I use one. You do you. Pour in your bourbon.
3. Use a little more water to make it drinkable. Wherever your preference lies. Probably about 1-2 oz.
4. Enjoy with caution. You will not feel this until it’s way too late.