I tasted my first old-fashioned only about two years ago. They're very popular in Wisconsin (where one of my daughters lives) and she encouraged me to try one. Hello, instant convert!
I guess I was reluctant because I always thought it was an old man's drink filled with sherry and vermouth, maybe with raw squid and olive on a skewer?
The basic old-fashioned is bourbon (a kind of particular whiskey...), water, bitters, and sugar.
SIMPLE TO MAKE, BUT THE TASTE IS DELIGHTFULLY COMPLEX AND SASSY!
Even better, there are dozens of variations of the old-fashioned, which is where the fun comes in. You can substitute spiced rum (another love of mine) for the bourbon, flavored sparkling water for plain, flavored bitters for traditional, and Stevia, cherries, or other sweetener instead of sugar. Another cool thing to do is mull (grind the hell out of) some cherries or other fruit in the bottom of the glass before you pour the bourbon on top. (Sidenote: dark red cherries in a can are the bomb!)
I was never a true whiskey lover per se (drank too much Jack Daniel's once in my early 20's and then somehow my alcohol brain remembers and rejects it), but I'm learning to try new flavors and mixers.
The one pictured above is a Peachy Old-Fashioned.
- Southern Comfort (my fave b/c it's on the sweeter side)
- Fee Brothers Peach bitters
- Klarbrunn sparkling peach mango soda
- Door County Sour Cherries