“You don’t know how to drink. Your whole generation, you drink for the wrong reasons. My generation, we drink because it’s good, because it feels better than unbuttoning your collar, because we deserve it. We drink because it’s what men do.” -Roger Sterling, “Mad Men”
Well said, Mister Sterling. To welcome my favorite show back to television, I’m here to offer a proper recipe for one of the oldest and most successful American mixed drinks.
The Whiskey Old Fashioned is an example of the original cocktail, consisting of only spirit, sugar, bitters and water. New versions have risen to accommodate modern palates, which call for more sugar, cherries and orange wedges, but this is not an Old Fashioned. Let’s just call them New Fashioned.
Mixing instructions that will have you feeling like Don or Megan Draper in no time:
- 2 oz Bourbon
- 1 white sugar cube
- Angostura Bitters
- Place sugar cube in the bottom of a rocks glass and soak completely through with bitters
- Muddle the cube until it becomes a paste. (Add a touch of soda water if it’s too grainy)
- Add 2 oz Bourbon
- Stir with ice until well chilled
- Garnish with a twist of orange.
Enjoy in true 1960’s style by suiting up or breaking out that perfect mini dress and partying like it 1969!