is a classic whiskey cocktail designed to bring out the best in your Bourbon.
All you need is Elijah Craig Small Batch, some sugar to enhance the
sweetness, and some bitters to complement the spice. It's that simple.
To enjoy the Old Fashioned in its purest form,
start with Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon.
A classic Bourbon cocktail best enjoyed when made with Elijah Craig Small Batch.
- 2 oz. Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon
- .25 oz. Simple Syrup
- 3 Dashes of Bitters
- Orange Swath
- 1 Brandied Cherry (optional)
In a mixing glass add bitters, simple syrup, Elijah Craig Small Batch, and ice. Stir until well chilled. Strain cocktail over a large ice cube in a double old fashioned glass. Garnish with a swath of orange and an optional brandied cherry.
A brief history of
the Old Fashioned
In 1789, the Rev. Elijah Craig became the first to char oak barrels.
Less than 20 years later, the Old Fashioned was born. Discover the origins
of the world's first classic cocktail with the Father of Bourbon.
The Whiskey Cocktail
The Old Fashioned was originally known as ‘the whiskey cocktail’ and was traditionally consumed in the morning. "During the early years of its prominence, the drink was widely regarded as a ‘matutinal cocktail’ – that is, you drank it in the morning."
THE COCKTAIL, DEFINED
In 1862 it first appeared in a book written by Jerry Thomas, where he "defined the Whiskey Cocktail as a couple of dashes of Boker’s bitters, twice as many dashes of gum syrup and a 'wine glass' of whiskey."
CYCLE OF ADVANCEMENT
"The history of the cocktail is one of advancement and correction, fashion and backlash. As soon as a new mixing method or ingredient surfaces, the restlessly curious bartending community has at it, turning out newfangled creations until the barroom standard bearers cry "Hold!" Such is the story of the advent of the Old Fashioned."
NAME IS WIDELY USED
In 1880’s the term Old Fashioned was born and began being widely used. "[Leander] Richardson neatly delineated the new fashion for old-style drinking. As he indicated in his complaint his call for "old-fashioned cocktails" was being seconded by others. Soon enough the name would stick, moving from generic term to specific order."
MUDDLED FRUIT ADDITION
After prohibition, fruit became widely used as an ingredient versus a garnish. A 1936 New York Times letter to the editor states, "the present customs were adopted during prohibition to disguise the horrible taste of terrible liquor."
The Old Fashioned Returns to its Roots
"By the end of the first decade of the current century, the vast majority of the country’s best mixologists recoiled at the very suggestion of fruit in an Old-Fashioned."
The World's #1 CLASSIC COCKTAIL
The Old Fashioned is recognized as the World’s #1 Classic Cocktail by Drinks International.
Why elijah craig?
Our Master Distillers' expertise and attention
to detail give Elijah Craig Small Batch the right
balance of rich flavor and full body that's perfect
for the spirit-forward Old Fashioned. It's
signature warm spice and subtle smoke flavor
complement the sweetness and spiciness
of the cocktail's key ingredients.
An Old Fashioned cocktail is small exact amounts of secondary ingredients to showcase and highlight the whiskey, but all that doesn't matter if you don't first start with a beautiful, quality whiskey. That's why Elijah Craig is so great in any whiskey cocktail but specially in an Old Fashioned.
Vay Su Bear & Stone, Los Angeles, CA
This is the Bourbon that we use at my bars for Old Fashioned. It's our house Old Fashioned Bourbon. It's such a great drink for Elijah Craig because it lets the whiskey shine.
Jeffrey Morganthaler Clyde Common, Portland, OR
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