The Old Fashioned is a cocktail loaded with history. IMG_0736It has a sweet start with a smoky bourbon finish and although at first glance, its combination of cherry and orange would demand it be treated as something a girl would order on her 21st, its actually a pretty strong drink. The fruit really only shows up in notes, and doesn’t overwhelm it at all. It's a whiskey drink, pure and simple.

It’s also quintessentially American. The first reference to the Old Fashioned actually comes from a reference to its recipe in The Balance and Columbia Repository, a newspaper in Hudson, New York. In the May 13, 1806 issue, in answer to a reader’s request to define the word, “cocktail,” the editor answers that it is a drink of spirits, bitters, water and sugar—basically the ingredients in an Old Fashioned.

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