Hey hey hey and HAPPY FRIDAY!
I am really excited about today’s post because it’s all about Price’s favorite classic cocktail: The Old Fashioned!
Since he enjoys an Old Fashioned, which in case you aren’t familiar is a whiskey cocktail, when the opportunity presents itself (and to be honest, I really like them, too!), I figured now was as good a time as any to up my game and get some tips from a pro on how to make the best Old Fashioneds possible.
My pro is, of course, my friend Scott Jackson at Colony Wine Market! He was kind enough to have me in and let me see him in action making Old Fashioneds, so I got a first hand look (and took notes) on how to perfect this brand of drink.
When he made a traditional Old Fashioned the day we met, he used Tin Cup American Whiskey, which is a good summer/warm weather whiskey. It’s lighter than most, so it’s a tad more refreshing. His personal preference, though, is to use rye whiskey! One thing I learned is that an Old Fashioned is not supposed to be super strong, so he shared a cool trick on how to get that whiskey to water ratio just right. Keep reading! Here’s the perfect Old Fashioned recipe:
What you’ll need….
– A shaker filled with crushed ice
– 1.75 oz. Whiskey
– .25 oz. simple syrup
– 4 dashes of Angostura bitters
– a rocks glass
– one maraschino cherry
– 1/4 of an orange wheel
What you’ll do…
– Muddle your cherry and orange wheel in your rocks glass.
– Add your whiskey, simple syrup (Scott specifically recommends Sirop, a brand of simple syrup made from pure Caribbean sugar cane), and your bitters to your shaker of crushed ice.
– Shake hard! As you shake, your room temp whiskey will melt the ice a bit and give you the perfect “watered down” whiskey for your cocktail. He says crushed ice is definitely best for this method!
– Strain your whiskey mixture into your prepared glass.
– Top with ice and ENJOY!
A helpful hack Scott shared was how to improvise if you don’t have an orange on hand when making your cocktail: He says to use the juice from one lemon wedge and orange bitters to add some orangey and citrusy flavors without using an actual orange.
So now that you know how to make the perfect classic Old Fashioned, why not use the weekend to practice your new skill?! Colony Wine Market has the Tin Cup American Whiskey, several brands of Rye Whiskey, regular bitters, orange bitters, and the special Sirop all in stock. So they can fix you up! And Kroger is conveniently right across the parking lot so you can go get your citrus and cherries! 😉
If you need a shaker, here’s a good one you can get in two business days! 🙂
Stay tuned for a fun twist on this Old Fashioned recipe in the next couple of weeks. I’m pumped to share that with y’all, too! Hint: RUM. You’re gonna love it!
Do any of you enjoy a nice Old Fashioned? Do tell! And if you have any fun variations you like to add, share all of that in the comments below!
Thanks a million for stopping by today. Cheers to a beautiful weekend!
Supported by Colony Wine Market. All opinions are my own, as always!