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.
started flowing again. Esquire magazine wasted no time issuing a “Top Ten Cocktail” list for 1934, which included the “Old Fashioned Dutch.” 21 Note that this cocktail is similar to early versions of the Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail, with no fruit. When an Old Fashioned is made with yellow gin, it is referred to as a Golden Spike.22 50 Recipes 1 sugar cube 2 dashes Angostura bitters 1 teaspoon water 2 ounces gin 2 large ice cubes Place the sugar in an Old Fashioned glass or other smallish,
well. Add enough ice to fill the mixing glass half full, and stir a few times to mix. Pour the drink into a short (7 to 8 ounce) Old Fashioned glass to serve. Garnish with the remaining Amarena cherries skewered on a pick. 71 The Old Fashioned Mint New Fashioned Earlier, I suggested that the Mint Julep may have been adapted from the Old Fashioned. Here is a new twist on that idea. 6 mint leaves ½ tablespoon simple syrup Ice 3 tablespoons rye or bourbon 1 tablespoon orange bitters Place the
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and is aged in new charred oak barrels. To 24 The Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail be labeled “straight rye,” the whiskey must be aged for at least two years in barrels. Grain whiskey is made from any grain or mixture of grains and is generally distilled in a continuous still. Corn whiskey is made from a minimum of 80 percent corn and is less than 80 percent alcohol by volume (160 proof). This whiskey can be aged in used barrels, with no minimum maturation period specified. Japanese is a