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)
- 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.