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.
“Not guilty!” was the jury’s unanimous verdict on the charges of atrocities against a certain James Moriarty-- the name that could wake an empire out of its peaceful slumber. Yet, in the one instance that Moriarty sets foot in 221B Baker Street, Mr. Holmes, fully aware of the visitor’s intentions, offers him a seat and of course, a cup of tea.
Often overshadowed by its forerunner, the mint julep, the origin of the classic whiskey smash stands open to interpretation. The earliest dates back to 1862 and talks about a peculiarly American drink wildly popular among the denizens of the South. The recipe called for a simple concoction of muddled mint leaves and sugar with equal parts peach and regular brandy served over cracked ice.