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Drink of the Week: The Old-Fashioned

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Posted By: Doc Holliday at 1:34 pm

12 Feb 2010

Some people claim the Old-Fashioned is the first drink to ever be known as a “cocktail,” originally published in David A. Embury’s The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks.  I don’t find it particularly useful as a pregame drink because I never have any of the ingredients on hand except for bourbon.  I also avoid it at bars because it can be rather expensive and I rarely drink cocktails at bars.  However, the Old-Fashioned does retain its usefulness in an open bar situation.  Cancelling a few of these guys brings the BAC level up in a hurry.

2 oz. bourbon whiskey
2 dashes bitters
1 splash water
1 tsp sugar
1 maraschino cherry
1 orange wedge
(variations here)

Joe was sitting at the bar drinking double whiskeys in one gulp as fast as the barman could put them in front of him. He eventually explained that it was the only way he could drink them after a terrible accident. “What sort of accident?” asked the barman. “Terrible,” said Joe. “I knocked one over with my elbow.”

By the way, did you know that 1.5 oz. of booze is called a “jigger?”  I hope the Jiggler orders his cocktails using that term.

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  • The Jiggler

    haha thanks Doc! I will now.
    But I gotta make sure people don't think I'm saying a similar sounding word. Which is why I will write it on my hand to show everyone, kinda like Palin.
    PS To be mentioned in the same post as such a whiskey drink, well I'm honored. And I WILL ORDER THIS. I don't know if they will make it but I WILL ORDER IT. I'll report back Monday.

  • alk

    even when it was first invented, it was still called “the old fashioned”

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