While it’s possible some might argue, in my opinion the most classic cocktail is the old-fashioned. In case you’re not familiar with it, an old-fashioned consists of:
- A spirit (usually a whiskey)
- A sweetener (usually simple syrup or granular sugar)
- Bitters (angostura being the most popular, but far from the only choice available)
From there, you can make all kinds of minor variations on the theme, such as the muddled orange, cherries, and orange peels that many people associate with the look of an old-fashioned.
I make several variants on the old-fashioned, and here is my current favourite (and the most popular among visitors this season):
2 ounces bourbon (I usually use good ol’ Jim Beam)
½ ounce Galliano
3 shakes of Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate bitters
Stir the ingredients with ice and then pour over fresh ice in a rocks glass. If you’re feeling extra fancy, garnish with a few brandy-soaked cherries.
If you happen to have these ingredients, I hope you enjoy my chocolate old-fashioned. If you don’t have these exact items, I hope this recipe gets you thinking about how you can use the contents of your bar to combine spirit + sweet + bitter to build some tasty cocktails of your own.#spirit + #sweet + #bitter = one tasty cocktail! #yummy Click To Tweet