I want to let everyone know that I do read all of the emails that I get. There was a common theme in my emails this last month. Lets set this up. About a month ago I was extremely busy and didn’t have enough time to thoroughly read and review a cookbook. So I wrote a post about the Green Monster Cocktail.  Since that day I have been getting a ton of emails from loyal readers saying that they would prefer a cocktail over a book review.  I say if you want a cocktail, I will deliver.  Plus it allows me to drink on the job.  Hooray!!!  I know that some people like the book reviews so I am going to throw a link to one every so often.  A full review won’t be featured on the main page, but a link to the full review will be provided.  So here we go.  Time for a cocktail.

The Old Fashioned
The Old Fashioned

This week I decided to go old school and make a drink reminiscent of the 50’s as I have been watching a lot of Mad Men (a great TV show, check it out).

Old Fashioned

  • 2 oz Bourbon – (3-4 if you are feeling sassy)
  • 6 oz seltzer – (soda water, club soda, sparkling water – It has a lot of names, most differ on sodium content)
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • 1 sugar cube (1 tsp of granulated sugar)
  • 1 orange wedge
  • 1 maraschino cherry

The ingredients

Whiskey is a great liquor, adding bitters and club soda is even better.
Whiskey is a great liquor, adding bitters and club soda is even better.

The first step is to place the orange wedge, sugar cube and bitters into a rocks glass.

Its all about the sugar cube
Its all about the sugar cube

Next using the back of a spoon or a muddler, muddle the orange and sugar until the cube is finely smashed.

Muddling is fun - My new roommate has a ton of bar tools.  I now have access to a muddler.  How cool is that.
Muddling is fun - My new roommate has a ton of bar tools. I now have access to a muddler. How cool is that.

Next pour in the bourbon.  I am using Wild Turkey Rare Breed.  Why, because it is awesome!!!

I was feeling a bit sassy, actually while trying to take an action shot, I poured in about 4 ozs.
I was feeling a bit sassy, actually while trying to take an action shot, I poured in about 4 ozs. Oops.

Next fill the glass with ice and pour in the seltzer.  Stir to make sure the sugar is dissolved.

Make sure to fill with ice.  A cold drink is a great drink.
Make sure to fill with ice. A cold drink is a great drink.

The finishing touch is a maraschino cherry on top.

A cherry on top
A grown man's Sunday - It even has a cherry on top.

Next time you are gearing up to watch Mad Men, pour yourself an Old Fashioned.

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.

3 Comments

  1. This sounds like an excellent idea. Old school cocktails are the best — thanks for the recipe!

    • The oldies are really tasty. I am planning on doing a series of older cocktails. Maybe it will help bring them back. I think next week I might do the perfect martini. Any suggestions?

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