The Old-Fashioned is a cocktail that has been around for a long time but is experiencing something of a revival these days. I tasted a one-of-a-kind Old-Fashioned at Café Moderne in Paris — it inspired me to have some fun and do my own twist on this classic.
In my Old-Fashioned, I use simple syrup (sugar already dissolved in water), because the sugar is fully dissolved and will, therefore, flavour the whole cocktail. Also, I have added a pinch of cinnamon. It may seem strange because the cinnamon does not dissolve. However, you will see that it complements the orange and bourbon beautifully and simply falls to the bottom of your glass. Try it!
- 2-3 dashes angostura orange bitters (original bitters will work too)
- 1/2 tsp simple syrup
- pinch of ground cinnamon
- 2 oz. good quality bourbon
- orange peel, for garnish
- In a low-ball glass, mix together the orange bitters, simple syrup, and pinch of cinnamon. Add ice to the glass and top with the bourbon. Stir and garnish with a twist of orange peel. Enjoy immediately.
Cook’s notes: If you don’t have simple syrup on hand, add one sugar cube and a few dashes of water instead. Stir well so that the sugar dissolves into the water and bitters before adding the bourbon.