Do you have a bottle of good bourbon lying around your house? If not, don’t be sad. Here’s a guide to 5 Great Bourbons For An Old Fashioned. Once you pick something up, make one of these bourbon-centric drinks. This week, we have an updated tutorial for a classic Old Fashioned (a simple cocktail perfect for showcasing a nice bourbon) as well a how-to guide for an autumn-scented Old Fashioned we invented as an excuse to drink whiskey and maple syrup together, called, you guessed it, the Maple Old Fashioned. To round things out, we’re also going to show you how to make a New York Sour. If you enjoy Whiskey Sours, red wine, and pretty things that are nice to look at, this is the drink for you.
One of the first-ever cocktails, the Old Fashioned has been around since Tchaikovsky was writing the Nutcracker Suite. And, surprisingly, it hasn’t changed all that much. For a proper Old Fashioned, you just need three ingredients: sugar, bourbon, and Angostura bitters.
Maple Old Fashioned
The Maple Old Fashioned is an Infatuation original, and it owes its existence to the fact that, as a bartender, I used to work a lot of brunch shifts. During those shifts, there were always little ramekins of maple syrup lying around, and one day, after making my 10,000th Bloody Mary, I decided to do an experiment. Instead of the white sugar or simple syrup I’d typically use in an Old Fashioned, I added a bit of maple syrup.
New York Sour
Like many other classic cocktails, the origin of the New York Sour is nebulous, although it may have been invented in 19th-century Chicago (and was later renamed by a New Yorker, presumably). The thing is, this is pretty much a Whiskey Sour, but with one key difference: a red wine float.