Old Fashioned Cocktail

Perhaps the oldest cocktail, the Old Fashioned is also one of the most disputed drinks. Fruit or no fruit? Which type of whiskey? Club soda, maraschino cherries, lemon, orange, mashed fruit- wait what was this drink supposed to be again?

When done right, this circa 1800 cocktail is as American as jeans and cowboy boots while still maintaining a certain uptown chic. Over the years the recipe has been changed, adapted, and has developed quite the cult following. Don Draper's partiality for the drink has led to its resurgence and reignited arguments over what exactly the drink is supposed to be. At the end of the day, the drink should be what you want it to be.

1/2 teaspoon sugar
Ice cubes
3 dashes Angostura bitters
2 ounces rye or bourbon whiskey
Lemon or orange peel for garnish

- Place sugar in the bottom of an Old-Fashioned glass
- Add three dashes of Angostura bitters and a teaspoon of water
- Muddle until the sugar dissolves
- Add ice and stir
- Add your choice of whiskey and stir again
- Garnish with a thin lemon or orange peel and serve