by Logan Miller
Well folks this is it, my last recipe — and it only seems fitting that it’s one I learned while living in Hangzhou.
While this recipe is a good one, for the best Old Fashioned, I would recommend going to Joy Bar, 5 Hai Guan Lu. The Old Fashioned truly is, in the words of The Balance and Columbian, what a cocktail should be: “Cock-tail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters.” In my opinion, if the right balance of ingredients is used, this cocktail cannot be beat. Here’s the best that I have been able to come up with.
1. First, place a sugar cube on a napkin which is laid-over the mouth of your Old Fashioned glass (any short, fat glass is fine).
2. Next, drench the sugar cube with bitters until the cube has turned brown.
3. Now flip the napkin over, placing the cube in your glass.
4. Add enough soda water to be even with the height of the cube, and then “muddle” it until it has completely dissolved.
5. Now if you are really prepared, you will have one fat ice cube ready; but if not, add ice to your liking, and stir the glass to help chill it.
6. Next add 75ml Bourbon of your choice – Four Roses does it for me.
7. Give the mixture another good stir to blend everything together and rub an orange peel along the glass to offer the hint of citrus – it should linger and be present every time you take a sip.
8. Finally, sit back and enjoy, because when you start with an Old Fashioned it’s going to be a good night.
A few tips:
- By squeezing the orange peel over the glass it can add additional hints of citrus.
- As always, the cocktail should be made to your liking, so feel free to experiment.
Stay thirsty, friends. It’s been a hell of a ride.