The Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned cocktail is a whiskey drink. It has a few variations and depending on how an imbiber wants to interpret history, the recipe for a proper Old Fashioned is disputed.

How did this happen?

The first drink close to the Old Fashioned, many whiskey drinkers consider the true recipe. It came from Jerry Thomas' Bartender's Guide published first in 1862.

It was called the Whiskey Cocktail. The recipe was to take 3-4 dashes of gum (simple) syrup, 2 dashes of bitters, a small wine glass full of whiskey and put in a shaker with ice. Strain and pour and serve with a lemon twist.

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