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
- Place the sugar cube in an Old Fashioned glass (or a rocks glass, as shown).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.