The Old Fashioned is a quintessential cocktail. In my book, it is the ultimate cocktail. In fact, if pressed to choose one cocktail to drink for the rest of my life, it would be an Old Fashioned. An Old Fashioned is a whiskey cocktail and it is to whiskey what vodka is to the martini. It is simply just sugar, bitters, bourbon, and an orange peel. And though it is a simple cocktail in terms of ingredients, it has many complexities, and can easily be changed (though possibly not improved) by using different bitters, bourbon versus rye whiskey, and orange peel versus lemon peel.
So, it turns out that I love, I mean LOVE, Old Fashioneds. In fact, I’d have to say it’s my go-to cocktail, my desert island cocktail. The only problem is that my frequent Old Fashioned cocktailing often leads to a bunch of deflowered oranges (i.e. their rinds have been stripped), which sadly sometime end up turning moldy before being repurposed.
So in case you haven’t noticed, it’s tax season – that great time of year when you find out how much you owe the good ol’ USA, or if you’re lucky, how much it owes you. So what better time than now to drown your sorrows in champagne and whiskey. Yes, you heard it right, champagne and whiskey together! Hell, this amazing combination might be the answer to world peace.
Here in Los Angeles, we’re in the dead of winter. Actually, not really – it’s LA, there’s no dead of winter, or (real) winter for that matter. However, the groundhog did come out a couple weeks ago and announce that we had six more weeks of winter, which got me thinking about Spring and wanting a refreshing cocktail to remind me of the warmer months soon to come.