A weeklong celebration of the very first cocktail! We’ll explore some wonderful variations of this iconic, classic cocktail, including a few non traditional recipes that don’t use brown spirits. Today we kickoff the week with Make & Muddle’s take on the original, but first, a little history lesson.
The oldest writings describe the Old Fashioned 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 also rumored that the cocktail originated at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, KY – the home of Make & Muddle – in 1881. Other literature makes mention of it prior to 1881, but who are we to let some silly facts get in the way of a good story. Like all stories that involve alcohol, origins can be a little foggy. We are here for all of them, whether that is a bar in Louisville serving a bourbon Old Fashioned, or a Supper Club in Wisconsin serving a brandy Old Fashioned.
Make & Muddle Old Fashioned
Glass: Old Fashioned
Served: On the Rocks
Yield: One Drink
2 oz Kentucky Straight Bourbon
.5 oz Make & Muddle 7 Syrup
Dash Orange Bitters
Dash Aromatic Bitters
Orange Peel and Amarena Cherry for garnish
In a mixing glass with ice, add the first four ingredients and stir until cold. Strain contents from mixing glass into an old fashioned glass with ice. Garnish with orange peel, expressing oils over the drink and around the rim of the glass.