22 February 2021

What Could Happen?

It's an Old Fashioned!

Triple points if you can name the reference.

But I blame this evening's mixing on Mad Men.


  1. Had to Google it to find the answer but I saw the movie when it came out which means I am now officially old.

    When I was somewhat older I read and actually tried this recipe which is from Kingsley Amis:
    The Old-Fashioned
    Theoretically, one should be able to make up a lot of this in advance, but I have never done so successfully. For each drink, then, take
    1 huge slug bourbon whiskey (say 4 fl. oz.)
    1 level teaspoon castor sugar
    As little hot water as will dissolve the
    sugar completely
    3 dashes Angostura bitters
    1 hefty squeeze of fresh orange juice
    1 teaspoon maraschino-cherry juice
    1 slice orange
    1 maraschino cherry
    3 ice cubes
    This is far less complicated and bothersome than it may look, and the result is the only cocktail really to rival the martini and its variants. Put the dissolved sugar into a glass, add the bitters, the juices and the whiskey, and stir furiously. Add the ice cubes and stir again. Lastly, push the orange slice down alongside the ice, drop in the cherry, and serve. You may supply drinking-straws if it is that sort of party.
    Note. You really have to use bourbon. The Rye Old-Fashioned is not too bad; the Irish version just tolerable; the Scotch one not worth while.”

    Excerpt From
    Everyday Drinking
    Kingsley Amis

    1. In order I add them to the glass...

      1 teaspoon tap water
      2 teaspoons simple syrup
      2 dashes Agostino orange bitters.
      1 maraschino cherry
      1/2 orange slice

      mix it about with the slice

      4-6 ice cubes

      1-1/2 ounces bourbon

      swirl around until you're happy with the mix.

      For a double, I double everything but the orange slice.


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