The Basics of Mixing a Classic Cocktail

The Basics of Mixing a Classic Cocktail

If you want to do a task well you need to understand what you’re doing, why you’re doing it and how to accomplish your intended result.

While a world-class bartender/mixologist will spend years refining their craft, the basic theory for mixing cocktails is simple. Follow the rules until you understand their purpose and learn how to make all drinks to the classic recipe. Once you can do that you can begin to improvise and experiment. But when someone orders an Old Fashioned you should make them a classic Old Fashioned, not your personal version. Continue reading “The Basics of Mixing a Classic Cocktail” »

Old Fashioned Classic Cocktail Recipe

Old Fashioned Classic Cocktail Recipe

The old fashioned is one of the most basic and perfect whiskey cocktails you can make. It’s called an Old Fashioned because it’s made in the style of the original cocktail, no frills, no gimmiks.

An old fashioned is traditionally made with Rye whiskey, sugar, bitters, a twist of orange, and ice in a standard rocks glass.

The appeal of an old fashioned is to have a drink which both tastes like whiskey, but is ‘easy to drink’. While you still taste the full force of the whiskey the harsh notes are eliminated and replaced with those more vibrant and sweet.
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Sazerac Classic Cocktail Recipe

Sazerac Classic Cocktail Recipe

A classic cocktail mixing Rye with Absinthe. As such this is the ideal cocktail to get the party started.

It’s important to note this cocktail was concocted at a time when Absinthe was real and available. True Absinthe (the dark-brown, psychotropic, spirit of legend) is mostly illegal and incredibly hard to find. While this does post a problem when trying to make a Sazerac, it’s one you can ignore without much guilt. The amount of Absinthe used in a Sazerac is exceptionally low, no different than the amount of Vermouth used in a very dry martini.

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