The old fashioned will always be the first on the list of whisky drinks for being a classic whisky cocktail. Originated sometime in the 1800s, it’s a solid example of a true cocktail and a drink you should know both how to make and order.
Chill a cocktail glass. Fill a mixing glass to the top with ice. Measure out the alcohol and sugar, and dash in the bitters. Stir. If a drink is all alcohol and no juice, it’s stirred and not shaken. If there’s juice, go ahead and shake it. Strain it into the chilled cocktail glass over fresh ice. Squeeze the orange peel over the glass and drop the peel into the glass. Add a cherry if you like.
Winter is essentially the perfect weather for whisky. When hit with a drop in temperature and everything is grey and gloomy, it is whisky that our drinking glasses inch toward. Through the season, we’ve all made the Whiskey Sour, Manhattan and the good Old Fashioned over and over again.
While in Tokyo a couple of years ago, I walked into Bar Helissio for an afternoon tipple.
There are days when you’re completely worn out-- these are just the times you cannot find the right drink that lets you unwind. If an espresso is what wakes you up in the morning and if a classic bourbon permits you to settle down in the evening, then the Espresso Old Fashioned is just what you need.