The Old Fashioned is a classic bourbon cocktail. Many modern versions turn it into a fruit salad by muddling oranges and cherries, but the following is the simple recipe I prefer.
The traditional recipe calls for placing a sugar cube in a glass, adding three dashes of bitters and then muddling the sugar to start dissolving it. I use three dashes of bitters and a small squirt of simple syrup. Sugar doesn’t dissolve that well, so I stick with syrup. Go sparingly; you don’t want a sweet cocktail.
Next we need two ounces of bourbon or rye whiskey. Woodford Reserve is a sipping bourbon, but it also makes great cocktails.
Using a vegetable peeler, get a nice slice of orange peel. Trimming the edges is optional, but it looks nice if you’re making it for a guest.
Give the orange peel a good squeeze/bend lengthwise into the glass to get some of the oils into the cocktail. Swirl it around a bit and leave it in the glass as a garnish.
Add a few ice cubes and serve. This is a great cocktail – strong with just a hint of the orange and bitters for a nice flavor.