Old Fashioned

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I like cocktails, especially whiskey cocktails. Recently, I purchased some rye whiskey, and guess what? It's kind of hard to sip on it's own. So when the husband requested an old fashioned, I was excited to put the rye whiskey and my bartending skills to good use.

I ended up making two versions of this cocktails, one with bourbon and one with the rye, just to see what the difference was. The bourbon version was smoother, but in the end, I liked them both. I also strayed from the classic recipe a bit by adding some maraschino cherry juice, a few splashes of mineral water and using a pomelo orange.

If you have some rye whiskey hanging out in your bar, I suggest you make your self an old fashioned. Wikipedia informed me that this is the drink of choice for Mad Men's Don Draper, as it used to be very popular in the 1960s. It has since fallen out of favor. And that's really a shame. I'm going to do my part in bringing it back.

Old Fashioned

2 maraschino cherries, plus some cherry juice
2 slices of orange
1 teaspoon sugar or 1 small sugar cube
1 or 2 dashes of angostura bitters
2 ounces rye or bourbon whiskey
mineral water

Muddle 1 cherry, 1 orange slice, and the sugar and bitters in a chilled Old Fashioned glass. Remove the orange rind. Add the whiskey and ice; stir. Top off with a little bit of mineral water. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange slice.

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