I finally broke down and got some Angostura Bitters, (named for the town where the substance was first produced,) after MANY moons of thinking to myself “I could totally make such-and-so drink if I just had some bitters.”
BTW – learn more about what, exactly, the stuff is courtesy of Wikipedia here.
So for my first drink featuring my shiny new ingredient, I chose the granddaddy of all cocktails, the Old Fashioned.
Put away those shakers, this drink is more built than mixed, and let’s make one, shall we?
What You Need:
1 teaspoon sugar/1 sugar cube/1 teaspoon simple syrup
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Club Soda or Water
2 oz Whiskey
A note on the Whiskey – some recipes say Rye, some say Bourbon, some even say Brandy… pick your pleasure – when pressed to pick I am a Jim Beam kind of gal, so that is what I went with.
What You Do:
Place the sugar cube or loose sugar in the bottom of the glass and wet with the Bitters and a splash of water or club soda, then muddle to dissolve the sugar:
(if you have a muddler, good on you – I used the back end of my ice tongs.)
Alternatively, add the simple syrup, Bitters, and a splash of Soda or water to the glass and give it a stir to mix.
Add ice to the top of the glass and then pour in the Whiskey and give the whole thing a stir:
Add an orange slice, maraschino cherry, and a stirring rod, and enjoy. (I wasn’t sure I had a stirring rod, which is especially needed if you do not use simple syrup, but then I remembered the cocktail kit my fabulous friend MG had gifted me, and tah-dah! FLAMINGO!!)
In the future, should anyone ever say they need a “stiff drink,” they will get an Old Fashioned if they are at the Tree House. I kind of feel like I should be sitting next to a member of the Rat Pack when I drink one of these. Classic and strong, it will put you right, right quick.