The Old-Fashioned has been around since the 1800s, with early iterations of its recipe recorded as early as 1806, making it one of the oldest recorded American cocktails. It has since turned into a pop-culture icon having been referenced in the tv series Mad Men, the hit show M*A*S*H and the movie Crazy Stupid Love. The addition of muddled fruit is more of a modern twist on the cocktail, as the original recipe only called for whiskey, bitters, sugar and water. The water helps open up the whiskey’s taste profile and bring out all the different flavors the cocktail has to offer. Too much water, however, and the drink will become watered down and lose its flavor.
Here’s the recipe:
- 2.5 oz rye whiskey (or bourbon, but rye is preferred)
- 1 orange slice
- 1 black cherry
- ½ teaspoon brown sugar
- 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
- 1 tsp of filtered water
Combine all ingredients in mixing glass and muddle until fruit is broken up and fully mixed in with the liquid. Then, fill mixing glass with ice and stir 20 times. Finally, strain over ice into an old-fashioned or rocks glass and garnish with an orange peel and/or a cherry.