The Old Fashioned Cocktail.
An old-fashioned way to make a cocktail, which has been in and out of fashion for the last 100 years. Most recently brought back into the limelight by Goldenballs himself, David Beckham. This after a resurgence from the popular and dreamy Mad Men’s Don Draper, who is rarely (if ever) seen without one as saunters his way through the swinging 60’s. The Old Fashioned Cocktail is a real drink, not for the faint hearted. It isn’t filled with glaciers of ice or buckets of fruit juice. It’s pretty much pure alcohol. It’s a drink that looks suave and sophisticated, a drink that makes you look like you mean business. A drink that is suitable for a works night out or a date in the city. As with anything, though, people like to be unique, making it their own. This is the way I like my Old Fashioned Cocktail…
So to start, you will have an Old Fashioned glass or Tumbler. Add a bar spoon of caster sugar to the bottom of the glass and add a few pieces of ice at first. This helps bring the sweetness to the drink but also helps carry the flavours of the whisky through the dilution. Next, you’ll add four dashes of Aromatic Bitters which helps balance the sweetness of the sugar but also bring some lovely aromatic spicy qualities to the drink. After this, you choose your weapon of choice. For this, I used Haig Club Whisky of which I poured 50ml into a jigger. You add this to your glass in small measures, little by little is the way. The reason for this is to help dissolve the sugar and start mixing the flavours from the beginning. You carry on this process by slowly adding bits of your whisky and a few pieces of ice at a time, stirring to cool and dilute your drink, getting maximum flavour at the end.
Making the Old Fashioned Cocktail really is a ritual in its own right, so take your time and get it perfect to your taste. Once you have used all of your whisky, the key now is to make sure you have the perfect balance of chill and dilution.
Making the Old Fashioned Cocktail really is a ritual in its own right, so take your time and get it perfect to your taste. Once completed, the key now is to make sure you have the perfect balance of chill and dilution. Simply make sure your glass has that lovely, cold frosting on the outside and take a taste to be sure that there is enough kick of the whisky coming through your dilution.
Now all that’s left to finish your Old Fashioned Cocktail is to add the zest of an orange peel. We use an orange because it enhances a lot of the spicy characteristics of your drink. Giving it a gentle squeeze above your glass, you will bring the aroma of this drink to life! Finish off by folding up your orange peel and dropping it in.
And there you have it. A whisky Old Fashioned Cocktail using Haig Club. Try this drink now, it’s absolutely delicious and watch out for future drink tutorials on Gentleman-Project.