*The Old Fashioned Family*

Learning to Drink by Family - The Old Fashioned

With the rapidly progressing era that we live in today, the present turns into the past and in an instant the here and now; is the then and there. From sports and technology, to clothing and music; sometimes it’s nice just to remember the “Good Ol’ Days.” And speaking of them "Good Ol’ Days," let's talk about the Old Fashioned cocktail family. From the glass it comes in to each individual ingredient, this is by far one of my favorite families.

I remember the first time I made this drink... The Boss says “ You start with some of that bitters, (what ever that is?) and some sugar; grab me a Splenda over there in that sugar caddy. Now add one of them bright red cherries and an orange.

"Well, I don’t have an orange so just use a lemon. Mash all that together and pour some whiskey on it. Put it all back in a tin and shake the life out of it. There you go. Pour that into your glass and you've got yourself an Old Fashioned."

Now I could be way off here, but if you would have seen the gentleman’s face that ordered the drink, you'd thought somebody peed in his Cheerios that morning. Saddest man I’ve seen to this day.

Anyhow, the point I’m getting at here is that there are many ways to make this cocktail. Nobody is right or wrong and it would be an outlandish claim to say, “I know the real way to make an Old Fashioned”. That would be like saying I invented the unicycle (even though I did). We at El Dorado tend to take a different approach to building this wonderful beverage... we leave out the Splenda;

El Dorado’s Recipe:

-3 strong dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters

-1 bar spoon of simple syrup (equal parts water:sugar)

-2 oz. of your favorite whiskey,

-Stirred & garnished with an orange peel.

It doesn’t stop there. As we learn more about different spirits, and ingredients; the variations seem to be endless. This fashionably old family just seems to keep growing. Not to mention, each one is just as good, if not better than the next. All it takes is those 4 components.... spirit, bitters, a little sweetener, and a thorough stir. Find the right balance and you've found yourself true happiness; Bold statement?... Yes Indeed.

Learning to Drink by Family Volume 3

Author: Matthew Stanton (El Dorado Cocktail Lounge)

Editor: Justin F. Fortier (El Dorado Cocktail Lounge, The Industry Research Group)
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