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Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Classic Old Fashioned

Refreshing Beverage of the Week
You know when I did my beverage of the week last week with the famous Madame Zanax as guest hostess, and I gave my recipe for a “What the Hell” which had apricot brandy and vermouth in it, she cringed in disgust. I guess some people are just purists. So I decided to go classic this week. One of my favorite high quality drinks is an Old Fashioned, which I learned to drink in London because I was told a lady does not order a shot of Bourbon with a water back in a good bar. Sexism aside, I learned to love the old fashioned and I think everyone should know how to make one.

1 sugar cube
Dash Angostura bitters
1 teaspoon water
2 ounces bourbon
Lemon peel to garnish
4-6 cracked ice cubes

Place a sugar cube in a small chilled old-fashioned glass. Shake a splash of bitters over the sugar cube and add the water. Now mash the sugar cube (or muddle) till it dissolves. Pour the bourbon into the glass and stir. Finally add the cracked ice cubes and garnish with the lemon peel. It doesn’t get much better than that!