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The Old Fashioned

  • A big lo-ball tumbler, one of the ones that are wider at the top.
  • 1 cube or a teaspoon of brown sugar (not muscovado).
  • Generous dash of Angostura bitters.
  • Lashings of bourbon, I like Makers or Woodford* for this. Wild Turkey fans might need a bit more sugar.
  • Lots of ice.
  • A slice of orange peel, about the size and width of your thumb. Run the peel around the rim of the glass before dropping it in.

Keep stirring until the ice starts to round out and melt (it's easier to stir ice when the spoon's upside down). Then sip. Then stir. Sip. Stir. Add more more bourbon. More ice. Stir. Some sugar. Sip. Stir...

This about the best thing you can do with bourbon. Truly relaxing. What's great about the Old Fashioned is that since it's a true mixed drink rather than a shaken or blended item, it's very forgiving - some cocktails require high precision in the ratio of ingredients, they have to be just so, but not this one. Just add a bit of this and that - eventually it'll come right for ya. The secret to a soothing drink is patience - an Old Fashioned has to be stirred for a few minutes, or it will be too hard. Those who have the tools can crush the sugar with a mortar and use the base of a long cocktail spoon for stirring. You can safely ignore people who suggest using a lemon slice or a cherry by the way.

* Not that I've seen Woodford in Dublin. Any pointers?

February 4, 2006 05:14 PM


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