FOR THE 'HECK' OF IT: BILL HECK'S OLD FASHIONED

Is there a better way to have fruits than with a cocktail? While some may argue in favour of desserts or salads, Frank Sinatra put forward an irrefutable argument, “I feel sorry for people that don't drink, because when they wake up in the morning, that is the best they are going to feel all day.”

Old-Fashioned goes back to the turn of the nineteenth century. Despite the everlasting fame of the Manhattan and the Martini, this iconic drink remains a cocktail aficionado’s staunch favourite.

Since Old-Fashioned’s birth, the cocktail has undergone major experimentation. While some prefer to use brown sugar, others tend to add bourbon whiskey instead of rye whisky. The sour aftertaste of the rye whisky will be balanced by the mélange of the fruity flavours in the drink. Those who prefer their cocktail to be sweeter can always opt for bourbon. For the ultimate delight, you may go for Bulleit Straight Bourbon Frontier whisky, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, or Old Overholt rye whisky.

That said, if you’re looking forward to a laid-back drink to sip at the end of a long day, go find your rock glass and muddle up some Old Fashioned in style.

Ingredients

  • Sugar cubes – 2
  • Angostura bitters – 4 dashes
  • Maraschino cherry – 1
  • Lime wheel – 1
  • Lemon wheel – 1
  • Orange wheel – 1
  • Grenadine – ½ teaspoon
  • Rye Whisky or Bourbon – 4 tablespoon
  • Club soda
  • Ginger ale

The Process

Begin by dropping the sugar cubes in the glass.

Sprinkle the Angostura bitters and add the cherry, citrus wheels, and grenadine.

Use the handle of the wooden spoon or muddler to mash and release the fruit juices.