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Look, I get it… I have a lot to be ashamed of. I still wear t-shirts from high school. I cut my own hair. I once “Tebowed”.

One thing that I am not ashamed of, however, is my love of chick-flicks.

When I was a kid my two favorite movies were Top Gun and Ghostbusters. Those aren’t chick-flicks… but Pretty Woman is, and it ran a very close third. One time in college, during a “sick day”, I watched Serendipity back-to-back-to-back (that’s three times in a row).  I wouldn’t hesitate in the slightest to buy The Devil Wears Prada on Blu-ray.

See. I told you. I like chick-flicks, and I’m not ashamed of it.

So what’s this have to do with anything? Nothing, really. Unless, of course, you’re a fellow chick-flicker slash Ryan-Gosling-fan slash wannabe-cocktail-aficionado. Then this whole thing will make perfect sense.

The Old Fashioned is my new favorite cocktail, and this is how I make it. Good rye whiskey, bitters, a raw sugar cube, and a big twist of orange. That’s it. No maraschino cherry, no syrup – none of that junk.  Just pure, unadulterated whiskey medicine.

Cheers to that.

The Old Fashioned

Inspired by this.

  • 1-2 measures rye whiskey – I like Bulleit
  • 2-3 dashes bitters – always Angostura
  • 1 sugar cube*
  • 1 large peel of orange
  1. Place the sugar cube in an Old Fashioned glass (or a rocks glass, as shown).
  2. Add a few dashes of the bitters – just enough to wet the cube. Squeeze the peel of orange over the cube and add it to the glass.
  3. Muddle the sugar, bitters, and orange peel in the glass until the sugar is dissolved. Don’t muddle the peel too much, or it will add a bitter taste to the drink.
  4. Add 3-4 ice cubes and 1-2 measures of the rye to the glass. Stir.

*White cubes will work fine, but I’ve found that raw sugar cubes dissolve better and taste slightly less sweet.

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Posted by Chris on 9/24/12 in Cocktails

1 Comment

  1. lawstudent

    this blog is great. these photos are so good. i think i’ll have an old fashioned this weekend.

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