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Old Fashioned 02:26

Nick Vitulli

"The Old Fashioned is arguably the oldest cocktail that's in print."

Old Fashioned 02:26

Nick Vitulli

"The Old Fashioned is arguably the oldest cocktail that's in print."

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The Steps

  1. 1. Place 1 sugar cube into a tall, mixing glass. Add 3 dashes of bitters and muddle with the sugar until it becomes a paste. 00:13

  2. 2. Add the bourbon and ice. (Optional: add cracked or crushed ice on top of the ice cubes.) Swirl with a long-handled bar spoon until the mixture is chilled and diluted. 00:50

  3. 3. Top the glass with a strainer and pour the Old Fashioned into a serving glass with fresh ice. 01:37

  4. 4. With a paring knife or peeler, slice off a strip of orange. Twist it over the glass to release its oils then swirl it around the edge of the glass. Garnish the cocktail with the peel. 01:55

What You'll Need

Equipment

- Tall mixing glass
- Jigger
- Bar spoon
- Strainer
- Paring knife or peeler
- Serving glass

Ingredients

- Sugar cube (1)
- Angostura bitters (3 dashes)
- Bourbon (2 ounces)
- Orange (1)

Chef Notes

Angostura bitters are the traditional bitters used to make an Old Fashioned. They are botanically infused, concentrated mixtures of water, alcohol, and herbs and are made by the House of Angostura in Trinidad & Tobago. The bottle has a distinctive oversized label.

A jigger is a measurement of liquor that equals 1 shot or 1 1/2 US fluid ounces. It is also the name of the bar tool used to make the measurement. Nowadays, jiggers can come in a variety of sizes and measurements, and may not always yield one shot.

Rye whiskey can also be used in this recipe. Rye whiskey is similar to bourbon in that it is aged in a new charred American oak barrel, however, where bourbon is required to be made with at least 51% corn, rye is required to be made with at least 51% rye. In some areas, brandy is substituted for whiskey. This variation is often referred to as a ‘Brandy Old Fashioned.’

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