A Brief History
Back in the 1800s when the word "cocktail" was first coined, it meant any drink that was made with spirit, bitters, water and sugar. So the Old Fashioned that we know today is literally the old-fashioned way of making a cocktail. Previously un-garnished, the maraschino cherry and orange zest garnish were added to the recipe in the 1930s. The use of "Old Fashioned" as the name for the whiskey cocktail was said to have been at a gentleman's club in Louisville Kentucky, in 1881. In honor of its beginning in Louisville, the city named the Old Fashioned its official cocktail in 2015.
With many variations and modifications since it was first created, the current Old Fashioned has stayed fairly close to its original roots. The recipe as follows is the standard International Bartenders Association recipe.
1.5 oz whiskey
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 sugar cube
A few dashes of water
Place sugar cube in highball glass, add water and muddle until dissolved. Fill glass with ice, add whiskey and stir. Garnish with an orange twist and maraschino cherry and enjoy!
Optional: Swap sugar cube & water for 1/2 oz of pure maple syrup for a delicious fall twist!