by Katherine Milsop
The Old Fashioned.
While the drink may conjure cliche visions of ad men in fedoras hunched over a smoky, cherry-wood bar, it can be a smooth, delicious soother sure to please any palate when mixed right. So here is a blend to get you through the week, or at least keep you warm on a chilly fall night. And go ahead, dive after a few cherries. You deserve it, toots.
Start with a “lowball” glass. I use small glass tumbler that used to hold Nutella. Whatever works.
Add the sugar, preferably Simple syrup. It’s just one part sugar and one part water brought to a boil in a saucepan. For this drink, I add cinnamon to the syrup. And in my experience, syrup works better than granulated sugar or a sugar cube.
Bitters offer a little spice. My Grandma put Angostura in bundt cakes. It works here, too. Just a dash to taste.
Pour about 2 oz. of your whiskey or bourbon of choice. I happened to have Jura on hand, so it’s top shelf tonight! But Jim Beam also works.
Add an ice cube or two for that satisfying “clink” in the glass.
Swirl. Garnish with an orange peel, if you desire, or a cherry.