My guy and I have became fans of classic Old Fashioned cocktails when we’re out enjoying a drink. He loves whiskey (and whisky – learn the difference here) in all its many forms. I really like it in a cocktail and now, after years of baby steps, on its own. The Old-Fashioned cocktail, however, has long been the happy meeting ground between whiskey lovers and those just learning to get into the spirit. We tried to make them a few times at home and had trouble getting the sugar to truly dissolve in the drink. He didn’t care, but I need that sweetness to sip on my whiskey libation without cringing. Luckily he figured out a trick, so I can enjoy the classic, easy cocktail at home!
He came up with this easy homemade recipe for a classic old fashioned by shaking the (very few) ingredients in a cocktail shaker to get the sugar to truly dissolve into the drink and I couldn’t be happier! We served these for New Years and with our new found source of oranges and now we can’t get enough of making them for a weekend evening together.
Old Fashioned History
In our research, we learned a few fun facts to spark conversation at your next happy hour. First, the name “Old Fashioned” in the late 19th century referred to how drinks used to be made – alas the ‘old fashioned way’ with just whiskey, bitters, and a dash of water. And why the water? Because cocktails were a morning drink and the water was needed to dilute the mix enough for your first swig of the day. Isn’t that crazy? This is still my evening drink and probably will never be on my breakfast table, but here’s to history, right?!
There are more fun facts from Esquire to keep that conversation going.
FOOLPROOF CLASSIC OLD-FASHIONED COCKTAILS
My husband and I love Old Fashioned Cocktails, but we could never get them just right at home. The sugar never dissolved enough for my tastes. My husband came up with the idea of adding all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker to get everything truly mixed together and we've never looked back!
- 3 oz. Bourbon or Rye Whiskey 6 Tablespoons
- 4 dashes Angostura bitters
- 2 sugar cubes
- 1 orange peeled
- optional Sphere Ice Cubes
Place sugar cubes in cocktail shaker. Add bitters and a dash of water. Muddle until sugar cubes are completely broken up.
Add whiskey and ice. Shake vigorously.
Pour over sphere ice cube.
Garnish with orange peel (or maraschino cherry).
Make this recipe? I'd love to see how it turned out. Tag me @LMinthekitchen on Instagram and use #LMrecipes, so I can see your creation! xo