Confession: I’m not a big drinker. It’s not that I don’t enjoy alcohol or its effects – I do! It’s just that alcohol usually renders me pretty much useless. I turn a tomato-shade of red and then promptly pass out. There’s a very small window in which I am happily intoxicated, but the window is so very, very small. I’m slightly envious of all the happy people I see enjoying cocktails, so for me, the next best thing to drinking them is making them.
Luckily, Mike loves cocktails. He’s super-helpful whenever I play at being a mixologist. I’ve come up with some crazy concoctions, but the classics are classics for a reason. One of Mike’s favourite drinks is the simplest to make: the old fashioned.
There are lots of rules when it comes to the classic old fashioned. Contrary to what you may have seen, old fashioneds don’t have an orange slice or cherry, they’re not topped off with soda, and they’re never shaken. Simply, old fashioneds are bourbon, simple syrup and bitters, stirred, ice optional.
Classic Old Fashioned Recipe
Add a little splash of simple syrup to your glass. Add one or more dashes of bitters. Add 2 ounces of bourbon. Stir. Add ice if using.