The Old Fashioned is the standard bar cocktail and it has been around much longer then the Don Draper's of the 60s. Some say the drink is made the "old fashioned" bar tender way…others think is it was a drink of the old folks…others say it is the whiskey lovers drink. We say Cheers to the Old Fashioned.
One would need to step into the way back machine to discover the real roots of the Old Fashioned. Much like most of America, our culture is a melting pot of good taste, style, and adaptation to our surroundings.
The first documented definition of the word "cocktail" was in response to a reader's letter asking to define the word in the May 6, 1806 issue of The Balance and Columbian Repository in Hudson, New York. The paper's editor responded on May 13, 1806 "it was a potent concoction of spirits, bitters, water, and sugar." The true beginnings of a great cocktail.
As America progressed, so did our taste for a good man's drinks. By the 1860s, it was common for orange curaçao, absinthe, and other liqueurs to be added to the cocktail. The original definition but with different proportions as what the vogue times would call an "old-fashioned". The most popular of the in-vogue "old-fashioned" cocktails were made with whiskey as quoted in the Chicago Daily Tribune in 1882. Rye being more popular than Bourbon. The Chicago recipe was described as a similar combination of spirits, bitters, water and sugar of seventy-six years earlier.
The first documented use of the name "Old Fashioned" for a Bourbon whiskey cocktail is said to have been at a Pendents Club in Louisville Kentucky. The gentlemen's club was founded in 1881 and we know Kentucky is the home to good sprits. The Club's recipe was invented by a bartender in honor of Colonel James E. Pepper, a prominent bourbon distiller, who brought it from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New York City. Fancy New York tastes adapted to Kentucky Style has given as a classic cocktail we all know and love.
Celebrate the Old Fashioned!
It is time to create some history of your own history with a handcrafted classic cocktail.
The Old Fashioned Kit
The Old Fashioned Kit The quintessential Old Fashioned cocktail dates back to pre-prohibition America. Our kit comes with everything you need to bring this American classic into your home. Simply combine the sugar cubes with our aromatic bitters, muddle thoroughly, add the whiskey of your choice, ice and an orange peel. Stir until ice cold and enjoy. Free Shipping Buy Here
The Perfect Old Fashioned Glass
Fleur De Lis DOF is perfect for serving a classic Old Fashioned. This Vintage iconic glass can be used for elegant entertaining. Buy Here
The Carry-On Old Fashioned Kit
Make the Perfect Old Fashioned every time. The Carry On Cocktail Kit helps you fly in style with everything you need to turn an airplane mini-bottle of whisky into 2 Old Fashioned Cocktails. The kit includes a stainless steel case, a refillable bottle of aromatic bitters, four raw cane sugar packets, stainless steel bar spoon with muddler, a 4" x 4" linen napkin and cocktail recipe card. Beautifully packaged for Gift Giving. Buy Here