At a Tight Loop we are true believers in the cocktail revolution. Our house bar is stocked with a plethora of spirits, bitters(aTL made and commercially available), liqueurs and other mixing ingredients. On almost any given day it takes very little arm twisting for us to pull out the shaker, bar spoon or muddler to craft a cocktail. Although we enjoy some of the more modern concoctions we really love the classics.
A little about an Old Fashioned
The Old Fashioned is as old as “The Cocktail.” The original definition of a “Cocktail” is a combination of “sprits, bitters, water and sugar.” That is the base recipe for an Old Fashioned. The Old Fashioned was named in the mid 1800’s, when bar goers wanted a more traditional drink that was not filled with the liqueurs(absinthe, curaçao, …) becoming popular at the time. The most popular of the ‘old fashioned cocktails’ was mixed with whiskey, bitters, water and sugar.
Today as once again many modern cocktails are being filled with unique and extremely hard to find liqueurs we find ourselves forgoing some of the modern cocktails and sipping on something a little ‘old fashioned.’ It wasn’t long ago that the cocktail had almost vanished from the Bar Scene. Today, changing laws governing distillation has allowed the spirt industry to grow like the beer industry has. Small producers are popping up in every state making fabulous spirits. With this transition and the desire of these producers to show off their sprits. Classic cocktails are making a huge come back.
An Old Fashioned can be made from any base spirit you prefer some of the original favorites include Tom Gin, Rum, Brandy and of course Whiskey. In Wisconsin the preferred spirit to make an Old Fashioned is Brandy with a splash of Sprite(sweet) or Squirt(sour) on top. Even though every time we visit the Old Towne Inn in Viroqua, Wi a Sour Brandy Old Fashioned is always welcomed after a long day on the water, we prefer a Whiskey based Old Fashioned.
The aTL Rye Old Fashioned
We chose a high proof Straight Rye Whiskey for our base spirit. Rye is not an uncommon sprit for an Old Fashioned in 1883 a Chicago barman was quoted in The Daily Chicago Tribune saying “Rye Whiskey was the preferred spirit over the more traditional Bourbon” in his Old Fashioned. Like Bourbon, Rye Whiskey must be aged in new charred oak barrels. It differs from Bourbon in that at least 51% of the mash must contain rye. The rye gives the Whiskey a spicier and fruiter flavor that tends to be dryer(less sweet) tasting than Bourbon. We choose a high proof spirit to go with the traditions of the cocktail. Modern spirits are not as strong as they were in the past. The Rittenhouse 100 proof Straight Rye Whiskey gives the cocktail the little extra bite the cocktail needs.
Building the Drink
An Old Fashioned, it is always stirred. No Shacking for this cocktail! We stir an Old Fashioned to avoid breaking up and melting too much water into the cocktail. Too much water will dilute the drink and you will loose the bite we are looking for. It is especially important not to shack the drink if you are using a standard 80 proof Whiskey. An Old Fashioned is also served on the rocks, even if you prefer your cocktails straight up give this one a try on the rocks. Try using large ice cubes to help prevent the ice from melting to quickly.
The Old Fashioned built the aTL way, with a little #Orange, some #FeeBrothers Old Fashioned Bitters and our favorite #100proof #RyeWhiskey . Try one today, for a even better experience stir one up in your very own aTL whiskey glass.
In the bottom aTL Whiskey glass
Add a quarter of a thick piece of orange
1 teaspoon of simple syrup (1:1)
4 drops of Fee Brothers Aromatic Bitters
4 drops of Fee Brothers Orange Bitters
Muddle the orange fruit not the skin to extract some of the juice
Fill the glass with very cold ice
2 oz of Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whiskey 100 prof
Stir to chill and enjoy.
aTL Whiskey Glass
$ 10.00–$ 35.00
aTL Whiskey Glass
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11 OZ Verona Whiskey Glass
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