The Old Fashioned gets its name from the origin of cocktails, when spirits were so potent and dangerous that sophisticated booze hounds started mellowing them out with sugar and water.
In the early-1800s the word “cocktail” was used to describe the adding of mellowing agents like sugar or water to harsh spirits like rye, gin, or bourbon – most of which were homemade concoctions that had the knack of making people go blind or drop dead from alcohol poisoning.
Our Old Fashioned is a result of those days, but with a much lower risk of blindness.
2 oz bourbon
1 cube of raw sugar
1 orange peel
1 bourbon cherry
Big cube of ice
Place the sugar cube into the tumbler and add 6 to 8 dashes of Angostura bitters to it; let soak for a moment
Add a dash of bourbon then muddle sugar and bitters until they’re dissolved
Add ice, then pour the bourbon over top
Using a spoon, stir the cocktail until the sugar is well mixed (couple minutes if you’ve got the time)
Flame an orange into the drink
Garnish with bourbon cherry and serve