Adventures in Everyday Entertaining
One of my favorite mixed cocktails is an Old Fashion. Now, in my humble opinion, the Midwest is the only area of the country that can ever do this cocktail justice. Luckily, I was a bartender at a supper club in Wisconsin for a couple years and was able to learn the fine art of making a true Old Fashion. Now, whenever I am missing Wisconsin I can mix one up at home.
The biggest take away about an Old Fashion is that they can be made with different types of alcohol and different types of washes (the non-alcoholic addition to the drink) but what makes it an Old Fashion is the bitters, the sugar, and the fruit. The variables have everything to do with personal preference.
** Little side fact. Did you know that Wisconsin is the largest consumer of brandy in the country? ‘Tis True.
Non-Alcoholic “wash” options:
My personal preference is an Old Fashion made with brandy and ginger ale. Below you’ll find the recipe/technique. The glass used should be a standard cocktail glass (which sometimes is called an ‘Old Fashion Glass’).
Old Fashion Recipe
Take the cocktail glass and add the sugar cube, cherry and orange. Add just a dash of the non-alcoholic wash. Muddle together until combined. Add ice cubes to the glass, covering the muddled fruit and sugar. Add 4-6 dashes of bitters on top of the ice. Add 1 shot of alcohol. Fill the remainder of the glass with non-alcoholic wash. Stir thoroughly.
Sit back, enjoy, and beat a friend or loved one in cribbage. Well, that’s at least what I plan on doing this evening when I make myself one… 🙂