tavern owners caused a sensation in the late eighteenth century when
they mixed sugar, water, bitters, and whiskey and served the drink with
rooster feather stirrers.
The modern version of this "original cocktail," widely known as the Old
Fashioned, is a standard in any bartender's repertoire and holds the
distinction of being the only mixed drink ever to rival the Martini in
Old Fashioned, Gourmand
Award--winning author Albert W. A.
Schmid profiles the many people and places that have contributed to the
drink's legend since its origin.
This book explores the history of the Old Fashioned through
its ingredients and accessories -- a rocks glass, rye whiskey or
bourbon, sugar, bitters, and orange zest to garnish -- and details the
cocktail's surprising influence on the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and the
Broadway musical scene, as well as its curious connection to the SAT
college entrance examination. Schmid also considers the impact of
various bourbons on the taste of the drink and reviews the timeless
debate about whether to muddle. This spirited guide is an entertaining
and refreshing read, featuring a handpicked selection of recipes along
with delicious details about the particularities that arose with each
new variation. Perfect for anyone with a passion for mixology or
Old Fashioned is a cocktail
book for all seasons.
The Old Fashioned
An Essential Guide to the Original Whiskey Cocktail
by Albert W. A. Schmid
University Press of Kentucky, 2013