Bring back the Old-Fashioned. Why this 141-year-old cocktail deserves a revival. - Chelf
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Bring back the Old-Fashioned. Why this 141-year-old cocktail deserves a revival.

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


(serves 1)

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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