The Old Fashioned has roots in the early 1800s, made its first comeback in the 1860s, and is popular once again for sophisticates.
Insist on Luxardo cherries – the "OG" maraschino cherry that leaves its flamboyant cherry-red cousin in the dust. Marasca cherries are rich, meaty and the pits have an almond-like flavor when distilled. Ask for Luxardo cherries by name when ordering your next cocktail—educating the uneducated and bonding with the purist and talented mixologists who know: There is no substitute.
Classic Old Fashioned
2 ¼ ounces bourbon – Try Maker’s Mark Private Barrel Select
1 orange peel
1-2 Luxardo cherries
2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
1 sugar cube
Large Ice cube – Try a large square mold
Cut a 1-inch circle of orange peel.
Place sugar cube in lowball glass and saturate with bitters.
Muddle sugar cube and then add 1 1/2 ounces bourbon.
Add ice and stir well.
Using a match or lighter warm orange peel, then squeeze while holding over glass. Wipe peel on rim of glass and drop in.
Add cherry, and 3/4 ounce bourbon and give a final stir. You may add a small spritz of soda. Garnish with orange peel strip and Luxardo cherries.