Is there a better way to have fruits than with a cocktail? While some may argue in favour of desserts or salads, Frank Sinatra put forward an irrefutable argument, “I feel sorry for people that don't drink, because when they wake up in the morning, that is the best they are going to feel all day.”
Old-Fashioned goes back to the turn of the nineteenth century. Despite the everlasting fame of the Manhattan and the Martini, this iconic drink remains a cocktail aficionado’s staunch favorite.
Since Old-Fashioned’s birth, the cocktail has undergone major experimentation. While some prefer to use brown sugar, others tend to add bourbon instead of rye whisky. That said, if you’re looking forward to a laid-back drink to sip at the end of a long day, go find your rock glass and
2 sugar cubes
4 dashes of Angostura bitters
1 maraschino cherry
1 lime wheel
1 lemon wheel
1 orange wheel
1/2 tsp grenadine
4 tbsp rye whisky or bourbon
Then you’ll have to…
Begin by dropping the sugar cubes in the glass. Sprinkle the Angostura bitters and add the cherry, citrus wheels, and grenadine. Use the handle of the wooden spoon or muddler to mash and release the fruit juices. Pour the whisky and fill the glass with ice cubes. Stir well to blend the ingredients. Top with equal parts club soda and ginger ale.
The sour aftertaste of the rye whisky will be balanced by the mélange of the fruity flavors in the drink. Those who prefer their cocktail to be sweeter can always opt for bourbon. For the ultimate delight, you may go for Bulleit Straight Bourbon Frontier whisky, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, or Old Overholt rye whisky.
So, go grab a glass, and muddle up some Old Fashioned in style.
The ingredients in a Harvard cocktail are reminiscent of a Manhattan. Indeed, they are almost identical, with a couple of variations for distinction. A Harvard doesn’t have the trademark maraschino cherry garnish of a Manhattan. Rather, a thin twist of lemon peel is perched on its rim.
Bourbon cocktails are much harder to make, compared to rye whiskey cocktails. Bourbon has a natural sweetness that can sometimes mar other flavors used in making cocktails. Whereas rye whiskey, with a drier and spicier flavor, usually serves as a far better base that give cocktails that extra punch.
Does the thought of Coca-Cola mixed with roasted peanut evoke nostalgia and take you back to childhood for a moment? If you try to recollect, it would be one of those auspicious occasions when your mom allowed you to have that coke, and you managed those roasted peanuts kept at the kitchen corner to escape your mischievous eyes.