The History of the Classic Old Fashioned
One of the most classic cocktails is the Old Fashioned. This drink is available in several different variations, depending on the bar or restaurant you go to. If you’ve ever been curious about the history of the Old Fashioned, now is the time to learn about this signature drink.
When you think of an Old Fashioned, you probably think of whiskey. However, an Old Fashioned does not have to be made with whiskey. More experimental bars make Old Fashioned cocktails with gin. While many think the original Old Fashioned was made with whiskey, the gin variation is actually more historically accurate than some may think.
If you order an Old Fashioned in the Midwest, you’ll be served this cocktail with brandy and “bug juice.” Bug juice is a mixture of sugar, water, Angostura bitters, and sometimes 7-Up. On the other hand, if you order an Old Fashioned in Louisville, Kentucky, you’re actually ordering the city’s official cocktail. The Old Fashioned was conjured up by bartender Colonel James E. Pepper, but the beverage got its official name at the Pendennis Club in Louisville.
In the 1930s, individuals who ordered an Old Fashioned were served it DIY. The bartender would prepare the ingredients, then hand them off to the patron, who would pour it themselves. Nowadays, bartenders prepare this drink fully for their customers. In this modern era, the Old Fashioned is America’s most popular cocktail, and international bartenders have observed that Americans traveling abroad tend to order this cocktail over any other.
If you’re an Old Fashioned fan, or want to try an Old Fashioned for yourself, visit Tullulah’s. The Tullulah’s Old Fashioned is one of our top winter cocktails, consisting of rye whiskey, demerara sugar, muddled lemon and orange peel, angostura bitters, and cherry bitters. Order this beverage when you visit Tullulah’s at 12 4th Avenue in Bay Shore. We hope to see you here!