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The Whiskey Sour & Old-Fashioned

The Whiskey Sour & Old-Fashioned

Friday Cocktail returns with two classics, the Old-Fashioned and the Whiskey Sour.

One of the oldest of cocktails, the “Old Fashioned” was first being called that in the early 1880s!  The recipe for the drink dates back to the early 1800s.  (See article here.)  As for the Whiskey Sour, it’s nearly as old, dating back to the 1870s.  It is perhaps the best known sour-type cocktail.

What you’ll need:

For the Old-Fashioned:  Whiskey, Bitters, Sugar, and Water.

Muddle granualted sugar with bitters in a tumbler glass.  Add a couple ice cubes.  Then pour 3 ounces of your whiskey of choice (rye or bourbon).  Optionally, add a few dashes of water.  Garnish with a slice of orange and a maraschino cherry.

For the Whiskey Sour:  Whiskey, Lemon Juice, Sugar Syrup.

In a shaker over cracked ice, pour in 2 ounces of your choice of whiskey (rye or bourbon).  Add in a 1/2 to 1 ounce of lemon juice and 1/2 to a full teaspoon of sugar.  Shake and then strain into a tumbler glass over cubed ice.  Garnish with a slice of orange and maraschino cherry.

Optionally, a lemon slice (or peel) may be substituted for the orange slice for either drink.

How I like it:  Both of these are great sipping drinks for the warm weather months.  I’m a bigger fan of the Whiskey Sour, which I like less tart and more sweet; I’d incline toward 1/2 ounce of lemon juice and a full teaspoon of sugar.  A lot of recipes call for lemon slices, but I prefer orange.  I also find perfecting these drinks is like perfecting a classic martini.  Some experimenting is needed to find just the right blend to suit your taste or those of your guests.  On this point, the Whiskey Sour is more forgiving if not done quite right.

Please note:  It’s generally advisable to use granulated sugar when muddling drink, but if using a shaker, powdered sugar dissolves better.

Drink responsibly!

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