Friday, June 14, 2013


Happy Friday everyone! 
In honor of Father's day weekend, I figured I'd kick off this week's edition of Classic Cocktail Friday's by bringing you cool cats out there a drink you can surely please Pops with on his special day!

Traditionally, the first use of  this cocktail's name for a Bourbon whiskey cocktail was said to have been, anachronistically, at the Pendennis Club a gentlemen's club founded in 1881 in Louisville, Kentucky. The recipe was said to have been invented by a bartender at that club in honor of Colonel James E. Pepper, a prominent bourbon distiller, who brought it to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New York City.   
Cocktail Historian David Herpin claims the old-fashioned dates between 1855 - 1865 and was possibly named after the cocktail racing mare "fashion". He goes on to claim that this drink's original components were brandy, curacao, maraschino and angostura bitters, brown sugar, and water. So in honor of all Father's out there and of course Mr. Don Draper from AMC's Mad Men I give you

Today's Cocktail:

Old Fashioned

2 oz bourbon whiskey
2 dashes Angostura® bitters
1 splash water
1 tsp sugar
1 maraschino cherry
1 orange wedge

Mix sugar, water and angostura bitters in an old-fashioned glass. Drop in a cherry and an orange wedge. Muddle into a paste using a muddler or the back end of a spoon. Pour in bourbon, fill with ice cubes, and stir.
Enjoy and Happy Father's Day!

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