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Old Fashioned cocktail

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It’s a popular cocktail worldwide and also bears the name of the glass where whisky is served. It’s the Old Fashioned, which is elaborated in different ways, mixing several ingredients for the perfect combination.

Origin

There are many different origins attributed to the birth of this cocktail. On the one hand, some sources suggest it was created in 1880, at the Pendennis Club bar, a gentlemen’s club in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. Other sources attribute it to Colonel James Pepper, owner of the old 1776 whiskey, a famous bourbon distillery at the time. Pepper took it to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, where it gained strong popularity. It’s also said that the Old Fashioned cocktail was a favorite of U.S. presidents Roosevelt and Truman.

Elaboration

Anyway, its taste is powerful on the palate and the typical bourbon can always be replaced for whiskey if you prefer, although it is better to be true to tradition.

For its elaboration we will use:

  • Bourbon or whiskey
  • A splash of angostura
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Orange slices
  • Some cherries
  • Some water

We try to counter the strong flavor of bourbon with different fruits, but it’s a drink suitable for those who want something daring after a good dinner.

In a whiskey glass, named like the cocktail, old fashioned, mix the sugar, orange slices, cherries, angostura and water. You can crush such ingredients or not, with the aid of a mortar or a large spoon so that the sugar is completely dissolved. This depends on your personal taste. It is said that when the ingredients are crushed the cocktail comes much better. Subsequently, remove the fruits, add bourbon or whisky and ice. Decorate with a cherry and an orange slice.

Regarding sugar, some prefer to add regular sugar to the mix, and others sugar with water, also called simple syrup.

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The bitter: a perfect complement for your cocktail parties

 TAGS:The bitter is the ingredient that one must have in order to prepare cocktails with personality. It is also called bitters and is easily recognized for its outstanding properties and its bitter taste. It brings a very special fragrance to our drinks. Once you try it you will never prepare home cocktails without it.

The bitter was first considered as an alternative medicine, then as a digestive and finally as a special ingredient to combine with our favorite cocktails. The origin of its popular name is German and is made from herbs, ginger, pepper, lemon and gentian, among others.

Bitter generally has an alcohol percentage of 45 by volume. It lasts very long in our minibars because it is only added in small proportions with a dropper to beverages. Because of its bitter taste, it only is an ingredient for mixing with others, never to drink it on the rock or dry.

There are lots of bitters, which bring different scents and flavors, including chocolate, which is ideal for the most demanding palates. Some people consider several spirits as bitters such as Campari, the Aperol and Averna, despite being made in different ways. The Aperol was created in 1919, based on bitter oranges, gentian and rhubarb, as well as other plants and is used to prepare Aperol Spritz, another delicious cocktail.

Some of the best known bitter brands worldwide are Angostura bitter, which comes in different forms and is produced in Trinidad. The Bitter Truth is a German brand with varied flavors and aromas and the Fee Brothers bitters is produced in New York. Previously the bitter was used to develop the Italian vermouth Martini Rossi with a characteristic pinkish, served in shot glasses.

Want to spice up your cocktails with bitters? Then we recommend:

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