I have to admit: I’m kind of obsessed with the Old Fashioned cocktail. Don’t get me wrong, I love drinking my bourbon straight, but more often than not, I’ll make an Old Fashioned.
I’m really not sure where this obsession came from, but when the chips are down, and I’m looking for a good drink, an Old Fashioned is what I’ll make or get.
Is it the sweetness? Is it the bitterness of the orange rind? Is it the nostalgia? I suppose… I really don’t know. But what I do know is that I just plain enjoy it.
My recipe is pretty straight-forward. I normally don’t use any other fruit than the orange peel. Honestly, I don’t have Luxardo cherries which is the only cherry one should use with this drink. So if I don’t have ’em, I go without. Maraschino cherries? Nah… Not the same, and WAY too sweet.
Part of why I keep it simple is that despite the drink being a cocktail, I still want to taste the bourbon. I will use rye as well, but my go-to is bourbon. There’s something about the vanilla of a bourbon that just makes the drink. Rye – at least to me – is a bit more citrusy. When I drink rye, it’s either straight or with a peel of an orange. Rarely do I drink rye neat. It’s a little too hot.
In any case, when I can’t figure out what I want to drink, I’ll go with an Old Fashioned.