We all have heard of the classic, old fashioned drinks that have been made and enjoyed for years: The Old Fashioned, Martinis and Bloody Mary’s are among those timeless favorites.
Although the classic cocktails are always in style, many of them have experienced a resurgence in popularity over the past few years.
One reason behind the renewed interest in traditional, old fashioned drinks – besides the fascination with the show Mad Men – is that people are continuously discovering ways to jazz them up. The expression, “what’s old is new again” is definitely true when it comes to old-fashioned drinks.
You, too, can add a modern “twist” to your favorite old-fashioned drinks, either through making minor ingredient substitutions and/or additions.
Below are a few examples of “old fashioned” drinks along with their modern and trendier versions:
1) The Old Fashioned
The Old Fashioned was invented in Louisville, KY during the late 1800’s. This cocktail is also known as a favorite of Mad Men’s character, Don Draper. The traditional recipe calls for 4.5 cL Bourbon or Rye whiskey, 2 dashes Angostura bitters, 1 sugar cube, and a few dashes of plain water. The classic garnish is an orange slice and a cocktail cherry.
Here is a modern version (via bettycrocker.com):
Modern Old-Fashioned Cocktail
- 1 extra-large ice cube or standard ice cubes
- Fresh orange slice
- Fresh lemon slice
- 1/4 of a fresh ripe peach, coarsely chopped
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- Standard ice cubes
- 4 tablespoons (2 oz.) bourbon
- 2 dashes aromatic bitters
- Fresh peach slice
- Add extra-large ice cube to lowball or rocks glass.
- Muddle orange slice, lemon slice, chopped peach and maple syrup in cocktail shaker until fruit is broken up. Add standard ice cubes, bourbon and bitters to shaker; shake and strain into glass.
- Garnish with peach slice.
2) Classic Martini
A “traditional” martini is made with gin and vermouth, then garnished with either an olive or a lemon twist. Although the exact origin of this well-known cocktail is unclear, variations of martinis have been enjoyed since the late 1800s.
Here is a modern version (via Bon Appétit):
Ingredients (Serves 8)
- Cilantro-Lime Gin
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 750-ml bottle London dry gin
- 3 cups fresh cilantro leaves with tender stems
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 8 lime twists or rounds
- Combine sugar and 2 tablespoons hot water in a large jar, cover, and shake until sugar is dissolved.
- Add gin, cilantro, and lime juice (save gin bottle for finished product).
- Cover and chill 2 days.
- Strain into a medium bowl; discard cilantro.
- Pour cilantro-lime gin back into reserved bottle.
- For each cocktail, pour 3 ounces cilantro-lime gin into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Cover; shake until cocktail shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds.
- Strain into a chilled Martini glass and garnish with lime.
3) Bloody Mary
The Bloody Mary, which is often used as a hangover cure, is also a popular choice for a brunch-time cocktail. The traditional Bloody Mary is made with vodka, tomato juice and lemon juice, along with dashes of Worcestershire Sauce, Tabasco, and salt and pepper, and a celery stalk as a garnish. No one is exactly sure who first invented this cocktail, but it has been around since as early as the 1920s or as late as the 1950s.
Here is a modern version (via The Nibble):
- 2/3 cup top-quality tomato juice
- 2 to 3 ounces top-shelf vodka*, depending on strength of drink
- 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
- 6 shakes Tabasco Sauce
- 1 teaspoon Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
- Juice of 1/2 large lime (or medium lemon)
- 1/8 teaspoon salt (preferably sea salt)
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
- Celery stalk
Combine the first eight ingredients, mix well; pour over ice in a tall glass and garnish with the celery stalk.
These are only a few examples out of hundreds of modern variations on old fashioned drinks. And people create new drinks all the time based on traditional cocktails.
Are you planning to serve drinks – either old fashioned or trendy – at an upcoming event, party, or other special occasion? Which one is your favorite?
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