1 1/2 oz Bourbon or Rye whiskey,
2 dashes Angostura bitters,
1 Sugar cube,
Few dashes plain water
Mix all ingredients together and stir with ice to chill.
Serve over a large block of ice in an Old Fashioned glass.
Garnish with a lemon twist and a spritz of orange oil, made by twisting and squeezing an orange peel over the drink before serving.
About the Old Fashioned Cocktail
It was long before “Mad Men’s” Don Draper was sipping an Old-Fashioned on our TV screens that the cocktail was a popular drink in Bourbon Country since the 1800s.
So it all began at the Pendennis Club, a private club still open in Louisville today. The story goes that a guest ordered a cocktail, but warned the bartender that he wasn’t a fan of bourbon, and not wanting to serve a non-bourbon drink in the Bluegrass State (Kentucky is known as Bourbon Country after all), the bartender created a drink that ended up being a huge hit with this customer. And though similar versions were possibly being mixed in the same time period, the now traditional bourbon cocktail is said to have been made popular by Pendennis Club Member and Master Distiller, Colonel James E. Pepper, who introduced the Old Fashioned cocktail to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.
If you want to cook some Kentucky classics to eat alongside your cocktail we have the legendary Hot Brown, created at The Brown Hotel in Louisville, or try some Buttermilk Cornbread. If you just fancy something sweet on the side these Bourbon Balls are a tasty Kentucky treat.