Thursday, April 24, 2014

SALEP Topic: The Old Fashioned

Adam promised us a classy SALEP meeting and surprisingly (love you, Adam!), he delivered. There were classic cocktails, jazz music, and Ginger Cats Cookies for People (the classiest of animal cookies, obvs). Does it get much better?

1806: The Old Fashioned is the embodiment of the first recorded definition of cocktails in general, which comes from the letters page of a 1806 New York newspaper: "Cock tail, then is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters."

1895: The recipe for an "Old-Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail" first appeared in George Kappeler's Modern American Drinks published in 1895.

1919-1933: During Prohibition, the quality of liquor greatly decreased and The Old Fashioned's combination of sugar and bitters proved an excellent way to mask the taste of poor-quality liquor, increasing the drink's popularity in speakeasies across the country.

2007: After decades as a bar staple, The Old Fashioned had eventually become primarily known as your grandmother's drink of choice. However, the premier of Mad Men in 2007 and the introduction of The Old Fashioned as Don Draper's drink of choice coupled with the craft cocktail revival in general served as a catalyst to push The Old Fashioned back into the sphere of popularity.

1 Sugar Cube
3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
2 oz Rye Whiskey
Orange Peel

Order At:
Pope House Bourbon Lounge
Rum Club

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