The Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail and a favorite for many at RainyDayMagazine.
The basic Old Fashioned recipe is:
- 2 oz American whiskey (bourbon or rye)
- 1 teaspoon of raw or granulated sugar
- Angostura bitters
- Orange peel
Drop sugar into the bottom of a rocks glass. Add 3 dashes of bitters and a teaspoon of warm water and stir in glass to dissolve. Add several large ice cubes and the whiskey. Stir to chill. Add orange peel to garnish and serve.
The history of this concoction dates back to the 19th century. American whiskey maker James E. Pepper was the one credited with popularizing the drink by introducing it to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New York City…and the Old-Fashioned was born.
As simple as the Old Fashioned is to make, the ability to enjoy this cocktail at anytime is made even more convenient by using Proof’s Traditional Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup.
The syrup is made with quality ingredients (water, Oleo Saccharum, sugar, lemon oil, orange oil, bitter) so anyone can put together a perfectly delicious Old Fashioned, literally in seconds!
- Mix 0.5oz of Proof Syrup
- Add 2oz of bourbon or rye whiskey
- Pour over ice
Just measure, mix, and enjoy…completely in line with the spirit of this delicious drink!
Each bottle of Proof Syrup makes 32 cocktails – a cocktail party in a bottle if there ever was one.
To put the Proof Syrups to our own completely non-scientific taste tests—and perhaps also maybe we just wanted an excuse to sample a bunch of different whiskeys—we have assembled a selection of whiskies at different price points for the comparison:
We are eager to crack open these bottles and will have more to say about these whiskies once we’ve had a chance to sample them…in detail 🙂
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be trying our hand at making a variety of cocktails with both the Proof Traditional and Ginger syrups. We’ll also use different spirits and recipes to see if we can taste the difference between using the syrup and with fresh ingredients.
It’s a good thing we are past “Dry January.” We will have a complete report once we have some more, uh, “data.”
NOTE: RainyDayMagazine readers interested in “Proofing” it to themselves are encouraged to use this one-time 10% discount code (RAINYDAYCOCKTAILS ) when ordering.
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