Three Twists on an Old Fashioned
Simple, strong and to the point, the Old Fashioned harks back to the original American ‘cocktail’ of the early 19th century, based on liquor, water, sugar and bitters. Back then it was often made with Rye Whiskey and became known as a Whiskey Cocktail. After Prohibition, bartenders became more experimental but purists harked back to their original drink, hence the name ‘Old Fashioned’ was coined. In more recent times this bold sipping cocktail has re-emerged in public awareness as the drink of choice for the legendary Don Draper in US series, Mad Men.
So what do we love about an Old Fashioned? Quite simply, it’s a drink which allows a great spirit base to shine. It really is the key ingredient, with everything else in a supporting role.
With this in mind, we’ve chosen three standout spirits for creating an Old Fashioned. The defining feature of each is their depth of flavour gained through ageing. Both the Hyde Whiskey and the Real McCoy offer a rich and smooth palate, while the Villa Lobos Anejo is fresher, with a delicious smokiness. Simple to make with just a few ingredients, this is a great way of showcasing a premium spirit.
Step 1: Choose your desired spirit base
Villa Lobos Anejo 100% Blue Agave Tequila
A complex but smooth tequila, with a clear agave character and plenty of gentle wood, toffee and chocolate flavours achieved through two years of ageing.
The Real McCoy 12 Year Old Rum
A palate that offers caramel, complex wood and spice notes together with orange zest and a hint of tobacco.
Hyde President No. 2 – 10 Year Old Single Malt Whiskey, Rum Finish
A rich and complex aroma comprising tropical fruit notes of Passion Fruit combined with comforting vanilla and butter toffee.
Step 2: Stir with three large ice cubes, add sugar syrup, bitters and stir again. Then garnish with a slice of orange, serve and enjoy!