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Bourbon Heritage Month, Day 5 – The Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned

No celebration of bourbon would be complete without a tribute to perhaps its most iconic cocktail.

The Old Fashioned is thought to be the original cocktail. The oldest writings describe it as distilled spirit, water, sugar, and bitters.  It is rumored that this cocktail earned its name after other cocktails were created and people began ordering cocktails “the old fashioned way,” eventually shortened to “old fashioned.” 

It is rumored that the cocktail was originated at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, KY – the home of Make & Muddle, in 1881. Other literature makes mention of it prior to the 1881 date, but who are we to let some silly facts get in the way of a good story.

Please, for all that is good and holy, don’t muddle a cherry and orange and add seltzer to this drink- unless you are at a Wisconsin Supper Club. Luckily we have made it easy for you and created the most perfect syrup for an Old Fashioned, our 7 Syrup Cocktail Mixer. 7 spices and 3 different sugars make this syrup a heavenly match for any bourbon.

Buffalo Trace is our bourbon of choice in an Old Fashioned. It has a spicy flavor profile that pairs well with the warm cinnamon and allspice notes in aromatic bitters.

The Old Fashioned

2 oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon or similar
.5-.75 oz Make & Muddle 7 Syrup Cocktail Mixer
Dash Aromatic Bitters
Dash Orange Bitters
Orange Peel and amarena cherry for garnish

In a mixing glass with ice, add first four ingredients and stir until cold. Strain contents from mixing glass into an old fashioned glass with ice. No need to add water. Garnish with orange peel, expressing oils over the drink and around the rim of the glass.