One thing this country has always enjoyed is a good drink. Whether it was rum on the Atlantic, bourbon at the races or that Bloody Mary at Sunday Brunch, alcohol is the American Drink.

So begins the Slate’s Troy Patterson’s article on everything you wanted to know about everything you wanted to know about the Old-Fashioned. The good, the bad and the foolish.

The old-fashioned: a complete history and guide to this classic cocktail. - Slate Magazine

Perfect for your Instapaper or whatever.

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One cold morning many years ago, a grouchy old New Yorker cranked out a letter to the editor of the Times. Happens every day, I know, but listen: This was New Year’s Day in 1936, and this old timer—that’s how he signed the letter, “Old Timer”—unraveled a righteous jeremiad about the improper mixing of drinks. Writing three years after Repeal—and presumably typing through a hangover, with the hammers of an Underwood clacking at his temples—he surveyed the violence Prohibition had done to the martini, the Manhattan, and, foremost, the old-fashioned whiskey cocktail:

Plenty of you already know the ins and outs of making an Old Fashioned, but let’s start the week out with a baseline.

Who better to set this standard than Chris McMillian. McMillian is something of a legend. He’s a fourth-generation bartender who’s been making classic cocktails long before they were popular (again.) This video was shot at the Library Lounge in New Orleans but you’ll find him at at Bar Uncommon these days.

New Olreans Best Cocktails: The Old Fashioned (by keithmarszalek)

You might want to click through to see the rest of his videos.

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Happy Old Fashioned Week!

Since there’s an extra hour to either stay out or sleep it off in, the week after Daylight Savings Time is perfect for Old Fashioned Week.

Last year’s stories: Old Fashioned Week 2010

Everyday Carry

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Happy Old Fashioned Week!

Since there’s an extra hour to either stay out or sleep it off in, the week after Daylight Savings Time is perfect for Old Fashioned Week.

Last year’s stories: Old Fashioned Week 2010

Everyday Carry
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Cee Lo Green - Old Fashioned

"My love’s old fashioned
But it still works
Just the way it is.”

To wrap up Old Fashioned week here at American Drink, ladies and gentlemen, Cee Lo Green.

iTunes : Amazon

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I’ve always made Old Fashioneds with bourbon and orange peel. It was just how I was brought up, so to speak, but using rye or lemon? That was like learning pig latin for the first time and understanding what the big kids were talking about. That slight variation opened up new possibilities.

Chris Keil, owner of 1022 South in Tacoma, characterized the Old Fashioned as a drink with “few moving parts.” Their 1022 Old Fashioned, made with house-made saffron/cardamon bitters, is a formidable classic.

Their own Under the Volcano— made with cinnamon infused tequila, agave, Peruvian bitters and their Hellfire tincture— is built the old fashioned way but the flavors feel like something brand new.

Corey Lund, also of 1022 South, twisted my arm to try a Brandy, maraschino liqueur, lemon peel combo that had me speaking in tongues. The maraschino lent it a slightly nutty flavor and gave it a sweeter flavor profile without being cloying.

Variations

@michaelfaddis via twitter, hipped us to a cherry liqueur variation where you add the ice and booze incrementally.

Spirits and Cocktails’ Old Fashioned This one’s a hodge-podge, combining cognac, rum and bourbon, plus a recipe for old fashioned syrup.

Science of Drink Traditional and Muddled recipes.

The short of it is that there’s more than one way to make an Old Fashioned. Experiment on your own and when you dial it in exactly the way you like it, call up some friends and make a night of it.

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Well, hell. With all this Old Fashioned talk, it’s getting so you gotta rewrite a recipe to get any facetime around here. Which is fine, because that’s what I plan on doing. Okay, not rewriting exactly. More like, eh, let’s say customizing.

I’ve often thought of the Old Fashioned as the Pizza of Drinking (and by often, I mean I just now thought of it), on account of…

1) It’s totally a go-to cocktail when you don’t feel like overthinking,
2) Nobody doesn’t love it, and
3) It’s usually best when you don’t go overboard with the cheese.

HAHA! Vaudeville!

Alright, think of it this way instead: The best pizza you ever had consisted mostly of crust, sauce, and cheese. So did the shittiest pizza. One key difference is obvious: the ingredients. But unless you’re subbing Grape Kool-Aid and Splenda for bitters and sugar, we don’t need to cover that base, cuz DUR.

After that, it’s all about good technique, and finally, those subtle variations every pizza chef brings to the table.

That said, if you’re interested in making traditional Old Fashioneds, I insist you do not start here. Not that my favorite recipe is more advanced or anything. It ain’t. But it should definitely be filed in the Variation category. So try the real deal. Mess around with ratios, different whiskies, muddle the lemon rind, don’t muddle it, use simple syrup, use sugar and water separately, whatever. You’ll get the technique eventually, and when you do, come back and try this variation on for size.

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Is your industrial blast chiller just taking up room in your kitchen? Aviary Cocktails uses one to make an Old Fashioned in the rocks.

Science nerds! Hook a brother up.

Old Fashioned in The Rocks (via AviaryCocktails)

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These author-inspired cocktails by San Francisco writer Jimmy Chen inspired us to mix up a few of our own: 

Turn of the Screwdriver

- vodka
- orange juice
- ghost of Henry James

Burgess’s Suffering Bastard

- rum
- orange curacao
- orgeat syrup
- lime juice
- orange juice
- pour over crushed glass while blasting Beethoven’s Ninth

Uncle Tom Collins

- Kentucky moonshine
- simple syrup
- club soda
- Variation: Twain Collins (add muddled huckleberries)

Gonzo’s Kamikaze

- vodka
- triple sec
- dash of liquid acid
- dust the rim with cocaine

Faulkner’s Really Old Fashioned

- whiskey

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These author-inspired cocktails by San Francisco writer Jimmy Chen inspired us to mix up a few of our own: 



Turn of the Screwdriver



- vodka- orange juice- ghost of Henry James



Burgess’s Suffering Bastard



- rum- orange curacao- orgeat syrup- lime juice- orange juice- pour over crushed glass while blasting Beethoven’s Ninth



Uncle Tom Collins



- Kentucky moonshine- simple syrup- club soda- Variation: Twain Collins (add muddled huckleberries)



Gonzo’s Kamikaze



- vodka- triple sec- dash of liquid acid- dust the rim with cocaine



Faulkner’s Really Old Fashioned



- whiskey

Rachel Maddow: How to make an old fashioned cocktail

Needs more ice.

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If you want to get really good at making drinks, it’s important to develop a deep knowledge of your raw materials.  Often, what distinguishes the best Martini you’ve ever had from an average Martini is that the bartender knew to pair the characteristics of a particular gin with the characteristics of a particular vermouth.  Many of the classic tiki drinks created by Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic were only slight variations on a few basic formulas, differing primarily in the types of rum used.  And in today’s cocktail world it’s often the recognition of a counterintuitive similarity between two disparate spirits that leads bartenders to create new variations on time honored drinks by substituting their base spirits.  If you know your spirits inside and out, the world of cocktails is open to you.

Unfortunately, distilled spirits can be difficult to get to know on their own terms.  Most are far too strong to drink neat and taste much other than burn.  As we’ve seen previously, dilution can help make a fiery spirit manageable and release its natural aromatics, but dilution alone can also make a once vital dram feel a touch limp.  What the would-be aficionado needs is a way to soften the edges of an unruly spirit so that its nuances can be appreciated without robbing it of its personality and zing.

Enter the Old Fashioned: so named because it is essentially the original cocktail—the no-frills combination of liquor, sugar, bitters, and water that 19th century Americans would have had in mind when they ordered a capital-c Cocktail (and which old timers eventually found themselves having to ask for by a more specific name as bartenders became more fanciful with their concoctions).  A well-made Old Fashioned is, as I’ve heard the Brooklyn bartender and writer St. John Frizzell say, the drink equivalent of taking a nice cut of steak and seasoning it with a bit of salt and pepper.  It keeps the spirit front and center, but makes it more palatable by simultaneously toning it down and enlivening it.

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