The Old Fashioned whisky cocktail dates back to the 19th century. The original whisky Old Fashioned cocktail recipe was made by dissolving a lump of sugar with a bit of water, a couple of dashes of Angostura Bitters TM, and one jigger of whisky. It was served with a small piece of ice and lemon peel, and mixed with a small bar-spoon. The appeal of this classic cocktail has withstood the test of time and has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years thanks to popular shows like Mad Men.
How is it that a cocktail that has been around since the dawn of cocktails finds itself named “Old Fashioned?” Almost as soon as cocktails came onto the scene, bartenders were inspired to create increasingly complex, multi-ingredient cocktails. By the 1860s, cocktail fans found themselves craving a return to simpler cocktails. While the recipe evolved slightly from the original, it was from this point onward referred to as “old-fashioned” and a legend was born.
A prerequisite for a good Old Fashioned is a good whisky. The best rye whisky for an Old Fashioned should have a deep amber or copper hue that is pleasing to the eye, and a flavour profile that leans towards notes of spice, caramel, and marmalade that are accentuated by the orange oils in the peel.
The Forty Old Fashioned with Copper Bold Whisky is good for all occasions but is best enjoyed fireside with friends or listening to your favourite vinyl records.