Three-ingredient cocktails to make at home

21st April, 2020 by Lauren Eads

5. Old Fashioned

Origin: The first incarnation of what could be considered the first Old Fashioned was in 1862, when Jerry Thomas’ Bartenders Guide: How To Mix Drinks documented a recipe for an Old Fashioned Holland Gin Cocktail in which he directed the imbiber to muddle a lump of sugar with a little water, a lump of ice and two dashes of Angostura bitters, a small piece of lemon peel, before pouring a shot of Holland gin over the mixture.

It wasn’t until 1980 that the Old Fashioned became synonymous with whiskey, when bartender James E Pepper is said to have mixed the first Old Fashioned using whiskey at The Pendennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky, before taking his invention to the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York, after which it became known the world over.

Ingredients: Bourbon, sugar, Angostura bitters

Method: Add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar to a tumbler and with a few dashes of bitters and stir well to begin dissolving the sugar. Add ice and pour over 50ml Bourbon. Stir and serve.

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