Ahh…the Old Fashioned is perhaps the most celebrated of all classic cocktails.
And for good reason. It’s traditional mix of bourbon or rye whiskey, lightly sweetened then further enhanced with aromatic bitters that add a botanical depth and served over ice is hard to beat.
Old Fashioned History
Some say, the cocktail has been around since before the Civil War. Others believe it was created in a gentlemen’s club in Louisville, Kentucky back in 1881.
The story goes that Colonel James E. Pepper, a prominent bourbon distiller in Louisville first servred the cocktail to guests at the Pendennis Club in his home town before bringing it to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New York.
This version is somewhat suspect , however, as the first mention in print of “old fashioned cocktails” was in the Chicago Daily Tribune in February 1880–before the Louisville club came on the scene.
Through the years, the Old Fashioned has not only maintained a steady stream of fans but its popularity has increased making it the number one cocktail nationwide for 2021 according, to Esquire magazine.
An Irish Old Fashioned
I say leave the Green Beer to the amateurs, and celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with an Irish Old Fashioned.
What makes an Old Fashion Irish, you ask?
If you say ”green dye” you are wrong. If you say, a good Irish whiskey, you’re getting warm.
First and foremost you need a good Irish whiskey. Three of my favorites are Jameson, Bushmills and Tullamore D.E.W. for more click here.
- 2 ounces of your favorite Irish Whiskey
- 3/4 ounce Benedictine
- 2-4 dashes of Old Fashioned Aromatic Bitters
- 2-4 dashes of Orange Bitters
- an orange twist
- a brandied cherry
- Add the whiskey, Benedictine and bitters to your mixing glass with ice.
- Stir (don’t shake
- Garnish with an orange twist (or lime if you are wanting to add a bit of green to celebrate the day) and a brandied cherry.
May your day be touched by a bit of Irish luck, brightened by a song in your heart and warmed by the smiles of the people you love. – Irish Saying Happy St. Patrick’s Day!