Tag Archives: Old Fashioned

• Easy Guide: Making Simple Syrups For Your Cocktails

Easy Guide: Making Simple Syrups For Your Cocktails

Sweetness. It’s one of our four main tastes (yes, five if you count umami), and it’s a key component to any good drink, helping balance acid, bitterness and even booze. But have you ever tried to add sugar by the spoonful to a glass of iced coffee or a squeeze of honey directly into a […]

• How to Use Absinthe in Cocktails. A Few Good Recipes!

How to Use Absinthe in Cocktails. A Few Good Recipes!

Before the advent of penicillin and modern pharmaceuticals, alcohol was used as a preservative and base for many bitter herbal medicines, some of which are now sold as cocktail bitters. To make the mixture more palatable, apothecaries and country folk would add sugar, their spirit of choice, and maybe some water. Depending on whom you […]

• How to Make Marijuana-Infused Craft Cocktails

How to Make Marijuana-Infused Craft Cocktails

In 2012, Colorado voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative called “The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act,” effectively legalizing cannabis based largely on the public’s growing recognition that blazing is far safer than boozing. Or, as the campaign’s most popular slogan put it: Marijuana—it’s like alcohol with no violence, no hangovers and no carbs. If we’re […]

• What’s Old Is New Again. The Old-Fashioned Has A Two-Century Pedigree

What’s Old Is New Again. The Old-Fashioned Has A Two-Century Pedigree

Cocktails come in many forms today, but at their root, there’s a very simple formula: spirit, sugar, water, and bitters. In that sense, the Old-Fashioned is “in form the primordial cocktail,” writes Robert Simonson (pictured) in “The Old-Fashioned.” And while the Martini and the Manhattan, he writes, “have long been recognized as owning space atop […]

• Old-Fashioned debate: 2 cocktails with 1 name + recipes

Old-Fashioned debate: 2 cocktails with 1 name + recipes

Few drinks are as steeped in controversy as the Old-Fashioned, particularly since the name refers to two different drinks. One is a drink at its most austere — just a brown spirit, typically but not always whiskey, along with bitters, sugar and maybe a few drops of water and/or a twist of lemon or orange […]

• The 15 All-Time Best Drinking Songs

The 15 All-Time Best Drinking Songs

You’ve got high-end spirits, top-of-the-line mixers and even jumbo ice cubes; you’re all set for a great night, right? Well, before you start drinking, you need to think about the perfect music to listen to. Whether your beverage of choice is whiskey neat, fruity cocktails or beer, music is an essential element to imbibing. And […]

• “a woman walks into a bar…” with radio superstar, John Rabe

“a woman walks into a bar…” with radio superstar, John Rabe

Here’s what going out to drink with John Rabe is like. Wait, let me first introduce you. If you met John Rabe in life, you would probably have to look up. He is very tall. And has the kind of looks that could be in GQ or a moody ad for time-sharing a jet. I […]

• Rye Bother? An Inside-The-Barrel Look At American Whiskeys

Rye Bother? An Inside-The-Barrel Look At American Whiskeys

Ten years ago rye whiskey was on the brink of extinction. Despite its venerable history as the whiskey made by , only a handful of distillers were bottling this quintessentially American spirit. And you definitely couldn’t order a rye Manhattan at your local cocktail lounge. My, how times have changed. Now craft distilleries have popped […]

• Bitters aren’t just for cocktails — or bartenders — anymore

Bitters aren’t just for cocktails — or bartenders — anymore

Bitters are big. But what exactly are bitters, and why do we care? Two answers: “Bitters in a cocktail do three things. It seasons, balances and flavors cocktails. In an Old-Fashioned, it’s balancing a cocktail. It’s sugar, water, bitters and spirits. Without bitters it’s not a cocktail. It’s too sweet. In a gin martini, it’s […]

• World Class Whiskey – From Vermont?

World Class Whiskey – From Vermont?

I’ve been writing on wines and spirits for over 15 years, and living in Vermont for even longer, but the two have never had much in common – until now. Unlike vodkas made from Maple syrup or even lactose (really), WhistlePig, which is bottled on a farm in rural Shoreham, Vermont, is not just another […]

• Tales of the Cocktail 2012 Official Drink Contest

Tales of the Cocktail 2012 Official Drink Contest

Create Your Signature Truly Old Fashioned! Tales of the Cocktail invites you to submit a winning recipe for the Official Cocktail Competition of the 10th Annual Tales of the Cocktail. For our tenth anniversary, we are shaking things up with our annual cocktail competition. If you think your skills are up to the challenge, we […]

• Do the Rye Thing

Do the Rye Thing

America’s original whiskey has become its cult spirit. You order an Old Fashioned. The bartender asks, “What kind of bourbon?” You say, “Bourbon?” mildly offended, as if Pandora started playing Coldplay when you typed in “Radiohead.” No, no, no. You’d prefer something with more backbone and boldness. But, you know, refined and complex, too. You […]

• 5 Cocktails That Won’t Make You Look Like A Pussy

5 Cocktails That Won’t Make You Look Like A Pussy

Getting bored of Jack and Coke? Yeah we feel you. Sometimes it’s not enough to just water down liquor with some soda. Sometimes you want to be a little more adventurous. Enter the cocktail. Mix 3, 4, 5 things in a glass and suddenly there’s all new flavors and textures to explore. Here’s the problem […]

• Cocktail revolution revives the role of bitters

Cocktail revolution revives the role of bitters

Even the most casual of drinkers likely has a bottle of Angostura bitters stashed somewhere in the kitchen. But celery bitters? Blackstrap? Mexican mole? Memphis barbecue? They’re all out there, as are bitters meant to conjure specific drinks (Tiki), cultures (Creole, Thai, Moroccan), people (cocktail pioneer “Professor” Jerry Thomas), and even places (Boston). And, when […]