The Old Fashioned is one of those cocktails that dates back well over 100 years...pre-prohibition. I would guess that this great cocktail helped get the law that enacted Prohibition passed. It is THAT GOOD.
Traditionally made with either bourbon or rye whiskey, this cocktail is all about how you make it and hopefully a commitment to the highest quality ingredients.
There are several "traditional" ways to make this...some swear by the sugar cube and the muddle, others ditch the cherry. Me? I think that simple syrup, the cherry, and the twist of orange is the key. It is ALL about breathing it in. As you breathe in the citrus (oils extracted), the cherry, and the rest...that is what transports you back to your favorite bar, or home happy hour.
So, after trial and error, and more bad drinks then good, I have arrived at what I think is the perfect way to make this cocktail at home.
The Old Fashioned
3 ounces bourbon
1/2 ounce simple syrup
5 dashes bitters
garnish with orange peel (lemon OK) and cherry
Place ingredients in cocktail glass and stir to the count of 30 with plenty of ice. Strain into your old fashioned glass, possibly over a large cube. Garnish with orange and cherry.