Friday, February 24, 2017

Savoring the Season: A Southern Old-Fashioned Cocktail

Our good friends invited us over for a new cocktail they were enjoying.  Typically, not fan of whiskeys but we were pleasantly surprised.

Old fashioned cocktails have a place in American culture. This cocktail dates back to 1806.   A recipe which included a mix of spirits of any kind, water, sugar cubes and bitters.   Leave it to the American mixologists to grow tired of the "traditional" and start adding a "new" fashioned approach to the "old" fashioned.  No doubt the traditionalists were agape in horror at the idea of adding oranges, cherries and even pineapples to a original four ingredient cocktail.  It would not be American if we did not twist and change the elements to bring about a modern twist on a very traditional cocktail.

On a whim we packed our bags and spent a few days in the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina.  With our friends cocktail still fresh on our minds, and an attempt to recreate it on our own prior to leaving town...our awareness was at a peak when we discovered the south takes it old-fashioned cocktail quite seriously.   This porch sipper gains momentum in the south with the first turn of autumn and continues long through the spring.

This version of the old-fashioned cocktail was discovered while on a walking food tour of old Charleston and belongs to the Cocktail Club Lounge located in the historic district and dedicated to the "art of the craft cocktail."

Enjoy the warm, sweet southern feel of a modern Old-Fashioned cocktail.

Southern Old-Fashioned Cocktail
Serves 1
Recipe from Cocktail Club (Charleston)

2 brandied cherries
1/2 orange slice
3/4 oz simple syrup
3 oz. rye whiskey
Angostura or Peychaud bitters
soda water
lemon peel

1.  Muddle cherries, orange and simple syrup in a tall glass, then fill with ice.

2.  Add rye whiskey and stir with a spoon.

3.  Add several dash of bitters, to taste, and stir.

4.   Pour into double old-fashioned glass, and top with a splash of soda water.

5.  Squeeze and twist the lemon over the cocktail, and run along the rim of the glass.



Angie's Recipes said...

It sounds and looks like a lovely drink to share with friends!
Have a great weekend!

That Girl said...

This feels like it would warm up a cold night!

Marcelle said...

This cocktail sounds like fun to try! Lately we have been trying new cocktails instead sticking to our usual beer and wine. Putting this on on the "must-try" list, Velva. I would love to visit Charleston sometime, I've heard it's beautiful. We adored Savannah last summer, 3 days there was not nearly enough.

grace said...

this kind of drink is way too boozy for me (even when i'm not pregnant) but i can understand why it's a classic!

Pam said...

This is my kind of drink, I know it's delicious! Thanks, Velva and take care!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Love cocktails! And an Old-Fashioned is one of the best. Love those brandied cherries!

Sue/the view from great island said...

This is one of our favorites, love your recipe Velva :)

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

My husband likes an old fashion. Especially when we lived up in New England…it was one of his favorites during the fall and winter. I'll have to show him the "new" old fashion.

Gerlinde de Broekert said...

I don't think I ever had an old fashion . Your version looks good and I have to add it to my list of cocktails to try. Have a great week .

DUTA said...

The two glasses with the old-fashioned cocktail look good.
A cocktail based on cherries, soda water, whiskey and bitters - can't go wrong; it tastes great and is very enjoyable.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Velva I adore a good cocktail! It signals the end of the week, and a gathering with friends! :D

Sarah said...

Sounds tasty. Did you make your own cherries? I rarely drink rye whiskey. Strange, I know, because I'm Canadian. I must buy some and try this.

Southerncook said...

This looks soooooo good. Since I have the cherries and the bitters made by Woodford Reserve I should get me some Woodford Reserve. That may be my Sat. evening cocktail.


Rhodesia said...

Cheers that sound just too delicious for words. Hope all is well Diane

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Hi Velva, what a delicious looking drink, I don't think I've ever had rye whiskey or anything like this before but will make it a point to try next time we go out for dinner.

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