In the cocktail world, there are three cocktails I consider to be the Holy Trinity. These three drinks- the Old Fashioned, the Manhattan, and the Sazerac – are the corner stones of today’s cocktails, and being that I hope to make this entry part of a series, I’m going to start with the granddaddy of them all – The Old Fashioned. At Cole’s , we are known for our Old Fashioneds, and now have this popular drink on draft, ensuring both speed and consistency for our customers.
The Old Fashioned was first seen in print in 1806, when a reader asked about a new drink he had tried that was made with bitters and resembled a sling. Since then, there have been many variations of this cocktail. However, being that Cole’s is Los Angeles’ oldest bar, I like to think we create our Old Fashioneds as close to the original as a person can get.
The first step is to use a good quality bourbon. Back during the time the Old Fashioned was born, whiskeys would all have been 100 proof or higher. I believe using a goodbourbon as close to a bonded 100 proof as possible, is essential in capturing the original feel of the drink. At Cole’s we currently are implementing a barrel program. This means we select a barrel from the distillery to use on our drinks making them one-of-a-kind. Currently, we are using a 10 year aged Henry McKenna 100 proof bonded to make our Old Fashioned.
- 1 sugar cube
- 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters
- 2 oz. Bourbon
- Lemon peel
- Orange peel
- Luxardo cherry
Place a sugar cube in an Old Fashioned glass and add the 2-3 dashes of bitters
Muddle sugar cube with bitters
Add 2 oz. of Bourbon and stir
Add ice (preferably a block)
Stir 20 – 30 times.
Rim the glass with both the lemon and orange peel
Add peels and cherry to garnish
Don ‘Max’ Maxey / Cole’s Red Car Bar / Bar Manager