Friday Night Cocktails: Old Fashioned

Don Draper's drink of choice, this is a cocktail for the macho man and macho woman.  The Old Fashioned, like many cocktails, has a divisive following.  In its original form the drink consisted of whisky, Angostura bitters, and a small amount of sugar.  Along the way a citrus peel was added and the drink was sometimes garnished with a fruit slice and or cocktail cherry.  More recently, the drink often includes the addition of muddled fruit - usually a citrus peel or wedge and a cocktail cherry. Its served in a short tumbler glass which we now refer to as an "Old fashioned glass," named after the cocktail.

Old Fashioned (makes one drink)

2 oz Rye Whiskey

4 dashes Angostura Bitters

1 sugar cube (or 1/2 tsp sugar)

dash of water or club soda

Optional: orange or lemon peel, cocktail cherry

1.) Drop a sugar cube or 1/2 tsp of sugar in the bottom of an Old Fashioned glass.

2.) Add a few dashes of Angostura Bitters and a dash of water or club soda to dissolve the sugar.

3.) Swirl the glass around so that the dissolving sugar and bitters mixture coats the bottom and sides of the glass. 

4.) Add a large ice cube to the glass, pour the Rye over it, stir and enjoy.

Optional:  For a fruitier approach, muddle a small piece of lemon or orange rind and a cocktail cherry with the bitters and sugar during step 2.  Yes, you can be fruity and macho at the same time.