Irish Old Fashioned

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The Old Fashioned is a cocktail that has endured the test of time, its origins tracing back to the early 19th century. In the ever-evolving world of mixology, it has adapted and diversified in many ways, with regional variations that add unique flavors and character to this classic drink. The Irish Old Fashioned, a delightful riff on this timeless cocktail, combines the rich tradition of Ireland with the simplicity and elegance of the original cocktail.

The Old Fashioned, at its core, is a simple cocktail made from just a few ingredients: whiskey, sugar, water, and bitters. This minimalistic approach to mixology dates back to the early 19th century when cocktails were more straightforward and less flamboyant. The Irish Old Fashioned pays homage to this tradition while infusing the warmth and character of Irish whiskey, adding a unique dimension to the drink.

The Heart of the Irish Old Fashioned

The true star of this cocktail is, without a doubt, Irish whiskey. Irish whiskey is renowned for its smooth, approachable character. It is often triple-distilled, which results in a mellower, less harsh spirit compared to other whiskies. The distinct sweetness of Irish whiskey, which often carries notes of vanilla, honey, and butterscotch, is the cornerstone of the Irish Old Fashioned’s flavor profile. This ingredient sets it apart from other Old Fashioned variations.

Irish whiskey has undergone a resurgence in recent years, as consumers worldwide have begun to appreciate its quality and the history it carries with it. The inclusion of Irish whiskey, with its deep-rooted heritage, provides a unique cultural connection to the cocktail.

Irish Old Fashioned Recipe

  1. 60 ml Irish whiskey

  2. 22.5 ml Benedictine

  3. 2 dashes Angostura bitters

  4. 2 dashes orange bitters

  5. Ice

  6. Garnish: orange twist

irish old fashioned recipe

How to Make an Irish Old Fashioned

  1. Add the Irish whiskey, Benedictine, Angostura bitters, and orange bitters into a mixing glass filled with ice.

  2. Stir for 10-12 seconds, until chilled.

  3. Strain the mix into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.

  4. Garnish with an orange twist.