It’s no secret that I’ve got a love for Old Fashioned’s, it’s about the only cocktail I’ll drink more than one of in a night, and when it comes to whiskey cocktails I feel there it is the simplest and purest art form. By that I mean that with three simple ingredients you have a virtually limitless amount of flavour profiles and variations. Each whiskey, each bitters, and the kinds of sugar or simple syrup you use will all lend different flavours and nuances to the Old Fashioned; you can have the same thing every time or try a new one every night from here until blissful drunken eternity.
I picked up Robert Simonson’s book, “The Old Fashioned: The Story of the World’s First Classic Cocktail” recently as much for the history as for the recipe variations. The actual story telling is only about 60 pages long and offers a lovely bit of insight into the classic whiskey Old Fashioned, but what I really loved were the blurbs on the variants Much like the Death & Co. cocktail book, these offered little peeks into what inspired their creators and why the original recipe for Old Fashioned’s is such a solid foundation to build up new recipes and variations.
Whether you love classic Old Fashioned’s or are looking to branch out and expand your cocktail game, this book is a great piece to add to your bar bookshelf.