17 Apr Bring back the Old-Fashioned. Why this 141-year-old cocktail deserves a revival.
The Pendennis Club, a gentlemen’s club founded in 1881 in Louisville, Kentucky, claims the old-fashioned cocktail was invented there.
The recipe was said to have been invented by a bartender at that club in honor of Colonel James E.
Here’s why this 141-year-old cocktail deserves a revival:
1 It’s a true classic:
Developed during the 19th century, its timeless quality and lasting worth, rank it still relevant and pointful.
2 It’s perfectly balanced:
It has the perfect zingy, tart notes, a touch of bitter, and the big vanilla, oak, and caramel notes of bourbon.
3 It is beautiful in its simplicity:
Uncomplicated is always more appealing.
4 Every part of it is purposeful:
Even the garnish isn’t decorative. It alters and perfectly compliments the final result.
5 Less is More:
With only 3 ingredients needed to make this stunning cocktail, it all comes down to the quality of them. Quality over quantity.
6 Some things are still better the old-fashioned way.
That’s how good things become great.
Old-Fashioned Cocktail Recipe
2 ½ oz Bourbon (or Rye Whiskey)
1/2 oz simple syrup
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 orange twist
Combine the bourbon with the smile syrup and bitters in an old-fashioned glass.
Stir and add ice. Preferably a single, large ice cube.
Garnish with an orange twist and enjoy.
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