Sunday evening Old Fashioned

At the end of a long day, the classic Old Fashioned is often a bit too sweet for me. Tonight I arrived at this version:

Over a large square ice cube:
A few dashes of angostura bitters
A few dashes of orange bitters
A measure of Old Overholt rye
A half teaspoon of maraschino cherry juice
A maraschino cherry (I don’t have the fancy kind, just the supermarket kind)

This isn’t the purist preparation for the drink by any means, but I’m enjoying the stripped-down flavor, without as much sugar or fuss. (Although I really kind of enjoy muddling the sugar cube when I make them that way.)

7 responses to “Sunday evening Old Fashioned”

  1. F. P. Smearcase says:

    I had a slightly funny series of events involving my nonexistent spatial sense and cocktails. I was going to go get a thingy at Williams Sonoma to make enormous ice cubes, only I got there and the one they had made 2″ by 2″ ice cubes. “This can’t be right,” I said to myself, picturing a cocktail at some imaginary, amalgamated unmarked bar. “I think the ice cubes they use are at least 4″x4″.” Which of course they aren’t. So then we’re at some unmarked bar this weekend having that kind of cocktails and I look at the ice cube and say to our mutual friend, “how big would you say that thing is?” to which of course he says it’s about 2″. And then we laughed at my imaginary HUGE ICE CUBES OF HUGENESS. So I’m going back to Williams Sonoma.

    You could make it even drier by just using cherry bitters, I imagine.

  2. josh k-sky says:

    I am enjoying this beverage right now, with fancy cherries and Castillian bitters for orange. Otherwise: big ice cube, check, Old Overholt, check. The one think I would note is that the viscosity of the Luxardo cherry juice required me to lick the measuring spoon afterwards, a terrible trial.


  3. Dave says:

    Yay! I should get some of the fancy cherries, because they really are better for Old Fashioneds. I’m also not entirely sure it was a half teaspoon — maybe a little less. I wanted the sweetness but not a full sugar-cube’s worth. I had another long day and am trying to resist the temptation to mix myself one of these.

    Smearcase, you perhaps were thinking in the type of inches used to measure the male anatomy?

  4. Maybe so!

    I had a Frida Kahlo Gets Her Nails Done:

    2 oz tequila blanco
    1 oz orgeat
    1 oz fresh lime juice
    3 pulls amargo chuncho bitters

    Shake with ice, strain into champagne coupe. Drink intently.

  5. Dave says:

    That sounds excellent. As anyone who follows me on the various social media might deduce, I gave in to temptation.

  6. vicariousyearnings says:

    Geez, how many different types of bitters and cherries are there? I thought I was “in the know” about drinks, having tended my fair share of bar in past years.

    I capital H Hated making old fashioneds, especially when the philistines ordered them neat, during busy times because I was too OCD to not do a proper muddling, but who has time for that in a busy bar on any nights but Monday and Tuesday, I ask you? So glad to know that some people learn to make their own damn complicated drinks!

    I so want a proper Manhattan right now but I’m visiting my mom and the best alcoholic quaf to be found here has kangaroos on the bottle. *sigh*