Why should you make an Old Fashioned? Because it’s incredibly simple, and you probably have some of the ingredients around your house already. If you don’t have Angostura Bitters, you can find them at a lot of grocery and liquor stores, and if you need whiskey, just get yourself a decent bottle of bourbon or rye. It doesn’t have to be pricey, but try to spend more than $20. As for your citrus peel, an orange is preferable - but maybe you only have a lemon or a grapefruit. Honestly, use whatever.
How It Tastes: Strong, Clean, Slightly Sweet
The Old Fashioned
2 ounces Whiskey
2 (or 6) dashes of Angostura Bitters
Sugar - White or Demerara
Step 1: Sugar
Find a glass you like. Something stout, like Danny Devito. Next, take that empty glass and add a teaspoon of sugar. White sugar is just fine, Demerara sugar is even better, and maple syrup works too (although it’s a bit sweeter, so use less).
Step 2: Bitters & Booze
On top of the sugar, add a few dashes of bitters. Two should do it, but you can add up to six. Next, add two ounces of whiskey. If you don’t have a jigger you might not be able to measure exactly, but just picture a really big shot. Yeah, that seems right.
Step 3: Stir It Up
Before you add ice, give everything in your glass a preliminary stir. Is this necessary? Not really. But it feels reassuring. Now fill your glass about halfway with ice and give everything a good stir, about 30 second or so.
Step 4: Finishing Touches
Fill the remainder of your glass with fresh ice (or, preferably, one huge ice cube). This makes your cocktail look nice, which is great for your self-respect, and it also keeps your drink colder longer (i.e. less diluted). Finally, cut a strip of peel off your citrus. It should be fairly long with a minimal amount of that bitter white pith on the underside. Give it a gentle squeeze over your cocktail, run it around the rim, then just stick it in your drink. That’s a great-looking Old Fashioned.