Spirits Network, a community of engaging spirits experts and enthusiasts creating meaningful connections through original, shoppable video programming, has released the premier episode of its newest program, Cocktail History featuring the most classic cocktail in history–The Old Fashioned.
In this episode, Old Forester’s Master Whisky Taster, Jackie Zykan and renowned NYC bartender, Tim Cooper, together take us back to the origins of one of America’s oldest cocktails. They share the story of how The Old Fashioned came to be a cult classic drink– even in modern day “foodie” culture.
Old Forester is straight Kentucky bourbon produced by Brown–Forman, one of the largest American-owned spirits and wine companies. It was the first regulated, bottled bourbon that came on the US market in the 1870’s, making it officially the longest-running bourbon available today. There is also good reason to believe that the first Old Fashioned cocktail was made in Kentucky—and can be linked to the original Old Forester distillery.
At its core, The Old Fashioned has a whiskey foundation with two ounces of brier bourbon, a lump of sugar, a citrus peel, aromatic bitters and one large ice cube. This simple recipe has developed many variations over time featuring muddled fruits, various aged spirit bases such as scotch or brandy and has even been served with spoons to stir sugar or scoop cherries from the bottom.
Are you ready to make your own Old Fashioned? Grab a bottle of Old Forester and tune in to Cocktail History to see Jackie’s recipe for a classic Old Fashioned or try Tim’s modern twist.
Jackie’s Take: Keep it Classic:
1 high ball ice cube
2 ounces of Old Forester 1910
1/3 ounce rich demerara syrup
2 droppers full of aromatic bitters
1 twisted lemon peel (spray outside over glass and drop in)
1 twisted orange peel (spray outside over glass and drop in)
Tim’s Take: Shake it Up:
Two dashes of aromatic bitters
½ ounce Grenadine with mulled spices
1 ½ ounce of Old Forester 1910
½ ounce of apple brandy
1 twisted orange peel (rub on rim and drop in the glass)
Pro Tip: Stir drink with high ball and breakdown the ice cube into about one-ounce water
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