We’re staying home and we’re staying safe, and that calls for a celebration. In the premiere episode of Bottomless Brunch at Colman’s, the Fear the Walking Dead actor, restaurant owner, and former bartender brings us his recipe for an Old Fashioned — and he wants to share it with you.
While Colman incorporates all of the ingredients we’ve come to know the classic cocktail by, it’s how he puts them together that you’ll want to pay close attention to. Grab your rocks glass (or any glass, really), and prepare to wow everyone (or even just yourself) at your next boozy brunch.
- 2 oz American whiskey (bourbon or rye)
- 1 teaspoon of raw or granulated sugar
- Angostura bitters
- Orange peel
Step 1: Drop sugar into the bottom of a rocks glass
Step 2: Add 3 dashes of bitters and a teaspoon of warm water and stir in glass to dissolve
Step 3: Add several large ice cubes and the whiskey
Step 4: Stir to chill
Step 5: Add orange peel to garnish and serve
Now that you have your cocktail, you may want to take this stay-at-home mood to the next level and we’re here to help. We’ve put together a few facts about the classic cocktail for some easy reading. Or it can be used for a drinking game with friends. Bartender’s choice!
- The first mention of “old fashioned cocktails” was in a Chicago newspaper in 1880 But a gentlemen’s club founded in Kentucky, claims the Old Fashioned was invented there a year later, so no one knows who invented it.
- It used to be called a Whiskey Cocktail for its simplicity.
- During prohibition, bartenders messed around with the classic recipe. They added powdered sugar, soda water and even pineapple.
- It wasn’t until 1880 that The Chicago Tribune printed and defined it as an “old-fashioned cocktail.”
- Why the name? That’s because many drinkers who refused to change with the times and ordered their drinks the old-fashioned way!