This is probably the world’s oldest cocktail, and it is appropriately named. Some accounts claim this was originally served with brandy, not whiskey. Typically, today, it is made with bourbon. And, of course for those tiki lovers, an fine aged rum works too. No matter what your preference, the key point is to keep it simple. No muddled fruit, not too much sugar, and just a dash of bitters. Its simple, it allows the spirit to shine through, and it is a perfect cocktail which is easily made.
- 2 ounces Bourbon whiskey
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup (or 1 packet/cube of sugar)
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- 1 dash orange bitters (optional)
- orange rind garnish, a cocktail cherry if you must
If using sugar, soak with Angostura bitters first, then a splash of club soda or water. Add ice, bourbon and stir. Pour into a rocks glass with one large ice cube. The reason to use one single large ice cube, is not only to fill the glass that might normally only be less than 1/4 full, but also to keep the drink cold without diluting it. The larger cube melts more slowly, for the duration of the time it takes to drink the cocktail, about 30-40 minutes.