Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

Old-Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail

Source:  Modern American Drinks page:  43
1 lump sugar

Ingredient: sugar

What it is:  Additive
Many 19th century recipes specifically called for white sugar, which is more refined and preferred over browner sugars. But modern white sugar is probably too refined, making raw cane sugar the best, easily available choice.

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dissolved with a little water
2 dash Angostura bitters

Ingredient: Angostura bitters

What it is:  Bitters

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1 piece ice

Ingredient: ice

What it is:  Additive
The new general availability of ice in the mid 1800s revolutionized bar-tending and drinking. Ice was delivered in blocks that then had to to be broken, crushed, picked and shaved for increasingly popular individual drinks (as opposed to large punches).

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1 piece lemon

Ingredient: lemon

What it is:  Fruit
Common name for Citrus limon.

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peel
1 jigger whiskey

Ingredient: whiskey

What it is:  Whiskey
Broad category of alcoholic beverages that are distilled from fermented grain mash. Different grains are used for different varieties, including barley, malted barley, rye, malted rye, wheat, and corn (maize). Most whiskies are aged in wooden casks (generally oak), the exception being some corn whiskeys.

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Dissolve a small lump of sugar with a little water in a whiskey-​glass; add two dashes Angostura bitters, a small piece ice, a piece lemon-​peel, one jigger whiskey. Mix with small bar-​spoon and serve, leaving spoon in the glass.