An ongoing series exploring my varying subtle takes on one of the most classic cocktails.
Whiskey----my first love, my most reliable affair. An old fashioned kicks up a good whiskey just slightly into something more fragrant, more alive.
“I wish to live to 150 years old, but the day I die, I wish it to be with a cigarette in one hand and a glass of whiskey in the other.” --Ava Gardner
I always start with a quality whiskey, and I tend to favor a strong rye. Some people believe it a shame to doctor a good whiskey at all, but I believe it a shame to drink anything subpar, even in a cocktail. I fiddle with the other ingredients (bitters, syrups, garnishes) depending on my mood and the whiskey at hand. I do tend to get carried away with the bitters.
Old Fashioned #1
2 oz. WhistlePig Farm 10 Year Old Private Barrel Select Straight Rye Whisky
1/4 oz. 2:1 simple syrup
2 dashes Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters
1 dash Angostura Bitters
4 drops Woodford Reserve Spiced Cherry Bitters
2 Tillen Farms Bada Bing Cherries
Measure your simple syrup and pour into cold glass.
Add all bitters to the syrup; leave as you prepare all else.
Measure your whiskey and pour into glass.
Add three large ice cubes; stir in glass until the glass is cold and frosty.
Add your two cherries and stir in with the utensil used to extract them, including the cherry syrup left on the fork.
Note that I don't usually add ice after. A cold glass stirred effectively with ice is sufficient.