• 3/1/11

    Your Ol’ Buddy Robb’s Old Fashioned Recipe… REVEALED!

    Plenty of requests rolling in here at the www.MIKEOMEARASHOW.com world headquarters… and they all wanna know how I make the perfect Old Fashioned.  You won’t get one this good in a restaurant, I assure you.  My recipe is not a classically traditional OF, but it’s the one that I like. So, let’s get started.  You can (in theory) make an Old Fashioned with any liquor you want, but I have my favorite.

    Are you a bourbon enthusiast?  I, too, like bourbon… but I think that you lose the complex flavor of bourbon in an OF.   I have used bourbon and I even tried rye, but I prefer a blended whiskey for this drink.  Crown Royal is my preferred, but Canadian Club is OK in a pinch.  The most fiscally-responsible choice is a brand called Canadian Hunter; it tastes a lot like Crown, at a fraction of the price.

    Gather your ingredients before we begin:

    • Blended Whiskey
    • Crushed Ice
    • Sugar (Either granulated or cubes)
    • Bitters
    • Club Soda
    • An Orange
    • Maraschino Cherries

    Put some sugar in a rocks glass [either a heaping teaspoon or four sugar cubes] and add enough bitters to coat [10 dashes or so].  Muddle with a spoon to make a paste and add a splash of club soda, then stir to dissolve.  Make sure that you use Angostura Bitters.  The best BY FAR.  Others will taste like licorice or bitter orange, which just isn’t right.  Only Angostura tastes like a Barber Shop, which is what this drink requires.

    Put 4 oz. of whiskey in a shaker with crushed ice, and add the sugar muddle and a teaspoon or so of maraschino cherry juice.  Shake to mix, 8 shakes or so.  Regarding cherries, the best brand I have found is Reese.  Either red ones or green ones will work (they taste identical), but the red ones look a hell of a lot more appetizing.  NEVER buy organic maraschino cherries!  They taste, well, wrong.

    Squeeze an orange wedge into the rocks glass, add one marischino cherry, pour the contents of the shaker into your glass, and let set one minute.  Serve.  Enjoy.  I promise that you will be glad you did.

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    Listener Comments
    16 Comments on Your Ol’ Buddy Robb’s Old Fashioned Recipe… REVEALED!

    1. ThePenisMightier says:

      There are bitters that AREN’T Angostura? I refuse to accept that. Please tell me they still have the cool paper wrapper.

    2. William Winterstein says:

      this sounds really time consuming. how can he manage?

    3. Trip Affleck says:

      where’s the scrapple?

    4. Mike in Austin says:

      I hear Canadian Hunter is aged in a oil drum as opposed to oak; true or false?

    5. John says:

      I have made about a dozen Old Fashioneds and they are awesome. Friday might be a good night for one. I’ll need more whiskey though. Umm good.

    6. Dustin says:

      Maker’s Mark works well too.

    7. HeyRaffaello says:

      I had a great OF in Montreal. They used Wiser’s Deluxe Canadian Whisky. Definitely the best bang for your buck.

      Tastes great and is not expensive at all.

    8. Budman6pack says:

      Looking forward to making my first OF sometime soon. Sounds like a delicious treat.

    9. roxtar says:

      Do you still have a problem acquiring Angostura bitters? I have a connection….

    10. Brian says:

      This seems awful time consuming… I see where your priorities are Robb…

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