Finally, at home, the legendary cocktail of the world of mixology: the Old Fashioned, or to call it more formally with name and surname... Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail. Literally "old fashioned," which is just its distinctive note.
But stand out from what and why? What is hidden behind the most requested name in all the cocktail bars in the world?
Patrick Pistolesi signs another masterpiece from the NIO Cocktails drink list, focusing on Whiskey.
Old Fashioned: the mixology side
- Bourbon Bulleit: medium amber color, with delicate spiciness and sweet oak aromas. The medium palate is soft with tones of maple, oak, and nutmeg. The finish is long, dry, and satin with a slight caramel flavor.
- Angostura aromatic bitter: important bitter taste from flowers macerated in alcohol and roots. The taste is complemented by the more pungent aroma of mint, camphor, and balsamic, reminiscent of eucalyptus. The bitter, tannic, and mentholated flavor immediately emerges. It gives a very light sense of pepper to the tongue.
- Toschi liquid sugar: a totally natural 1:2 composition part of water and two of sugar. Obviously with the best quality Made in Italy.
NIO Cocktail and Patrick Pistolesi present the Old Fashioned: a new recipe in the most famous ready to share cocktail list in the world. A careful choice but enriched for you for several reasons:
- Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail that has become POP. It is, in fact, the most sought-after drink in the world, which is no small thing in a constantly evolving and very fragmented world as that of mixology.
- It is one of the pillars of the history and culture of mixology. One of the oldest cocktails of the international cocktails, the Old Fashioned history comes from the saloons of the old West and the first bars of luxury hotels.
- It is a cocktail with an iconic and inimitable character: the extraordinary raw material (Patrick chose the Whiskey Bourbon Bulleit) was combined with ice, sugar, and soda to mitigate its strength, making it less impetuous and more suitable to be tasted during a conversation.
- The Old Fashioned is also nice to see. Its minimal appearance and elegance distinguish it, thanks to the amber color of its mixture and the crystalline transparency of the ice.
The Old Fashioned is a cocktail that you can not miss at home: it is a drink for upright people as for sophisticated and nostalgic palates of a retro quality, who appreciate the strong taste of whiskey and things done as well once. Whiskey, sugar, and lemon zest: there are no fruit juices or colorful syrups to sweeten the pill.
A great classic to appreciate at home: when enjoying it?
The Old Fashioned is a cocktail that expresses its maximum pleasantness as a post-dinner: a taste without time designed to stimulate chatter in relaxation while remaining refined and attentive to the pure substance. The wise dosage between bitterness and sweetness, between the strong taste of alcohol squeezed from cereals and the cold rock of ice water, enclose the "old way."
Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail. At least 220 years of history brought with pride.
The origins of this ancient cocktail are not clear. They are really lost in the memory and in the tales between history and legend of mixology.
According to the most daring scholars of the history of mixology, its origins go back to the West in the '800, when "The Balance and the Columbian Repository" was written about a particularly stimulating alcoholic beverage with a distinct character, composed of alcoholic liquids, sugar, water and bitter.
Well-known and decisive connotations lead back to the mixing of a Whiskey Cocktail in the old way... namely the Old Fashioned.
From there to little, we are in the '70s of the same century, mixology would have started an endless evolution: research and experimentation would have brought on the bar counter ingredients and mix sought after for cocktails as new as the classics reinterpreted. And that's the case with Whiskey Cocktail. Seen and rewritten enough to force the lovers of the original to make clear to the bar that they want a Whiskey Cocktail Old Fashioned.
It became Old Fashioned in the decades.
How the Old-Fashioned arrived in New York
In his 1862 mixology manual, Jerry Thomas writes about the Whiskey Cocktail recipe: Whiskey, sugar, bitter, and lemon zest.
Then begins the most famous story of the Whiskey Cocktail. In 1880, an unknown bartender at the Pendennis Club in Louisville boasted making this drink in honor of Colonel James E. Pepper, a great whiskey enthusiast. But the Colonel was also a shrewd businessman right in the world of distillation, so he decided to bet on the idea and took the bartender with him to spread the cocktail in New York in those years. He went straight to the top: the bar at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel, a famous luxury hotel in New York where Colonel James Pepper used to go. The Waldorf was one of the most famous hotels in New York, a meeting place for famous people (including Nikola Tesla, Lucky' Luciano, Marilyn Monroe).
The Walford-Astoria in New York was located in Manhattan precisely on the ground where the Empire State Building was built in 1931...
The Colonel had his Whiskey Cocktail placed on the map of many other places the upper-middle-class attended as early as the thirties.
The Years of American Prohibition
Over the centuries, the Old Fashioned had surpassed moments like American Prohibition, when this cocktail was prepared with maraschino liquor and cherry as a decorative habit. It has gone through several trends, from Bourbon to the most current one of Mezcal, but it has remained the great cocktail it has always been since its mysterious birth.
In 1924, in The fine art of mixing, Ambury pointed him out among the six pillar cocktails in the history of "drinking," in good company with Martini, Manhattan, Daiquiri, Sidecar, and Jack Rose.
A style icon
«The train ran through the plains and marshes between New York and Trenton. It was not a pretty sight. Bond remembered certain sections of the pre-war Trans-Siberian Railroad, except for the huge, lonely billboards that advertised the shows on Broadway and some scrap heaps and old cars... The conductor arrived with the attendant. Bond ordered two Old Fashioned with Bourbon...».
The Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail, among the longest-lived for the secret agent, who drinks it in the novel "Live and Let Die" of 1954.
Thanks to the TV series Mad Men, it is back today to the limelight of screens, where the protagonist Don Draper is often portrayed next to an old-fashioned glass. And then the elegance and the perfect simplicity of the drink consolidate it on top of the best sellers.
NIO Cocktails Old Fashioned can not miss at your home because it is a cocktail:
- Timelessness: Old Fashioned is the cocktail that you can not miss in your selection at home. It’s a great classic as well as a trench coat for your wardrobe.
- Pure and quality: the Old Fashioned by NIO Cocktails has as its main ingredient not just any Whiskey but the Bourbon Bulleit. You always pretend to know what you drink, don’t settle, demand the top. NIO Cocktails always indicates with which premium ingredients cocktails are created and takes them home.
- For whiskey lovers: a true cult between history and myth, serve at your home or bring as a special gift. The real old-fashioned whiskey cocktail.