Welcome to Dash + Twist…
A blog dedicated to the craft of the Old Fashioned cocktail. I am Joey, and I came up with the idea for this blog a few weeks ago. Everyone has “ their drink” and mine happens to be the Old Fashioned. I get them wherever I go, from shady dive bars to exquisite cocktail clubs. I am not a snob, nor am I some master mixologist. Plain and simple, I just like an Old Fashioned, and this blog will be sure to tell you all about it.
The main purpose is as simple as the drink; I’ll try an Old Fashioned, and if it’s good I’ll write about it, and make it interesting (hopefully). I’ll talk about Traditional vs New Age, and how today’s bartenders are putting their fingerprint on the drink. and…every once in awhile, I’ll throw out some ideas of my own, too. Like I said, I am not a master mixologist, but I can slay an Old Fashioned. Similar to the way an accountant can create a mean pivot table in Excel. You do something so often, you eventually become pretty damn good at it. Shout out to my accountants out there. #taxseason. For example, I have a pending post that is about an Old Fashioned recipe I came up, with which is cleverly titled the “Von Miller.” Interested? Looks like you’ll have to stick around for another week to find out exactly what it is, and why its named after the super bowl MVP.
History of the Old Fashioned…
The very first Old Fashioned began sometime in 1960 or so. It was created by an ad agency mogul named Don Draper…oh wait… that’s a common misconception of the drink. As interesting as the Mad Men series was, the Old Fashioned has much more history behind it than a binge watch on Netflix. Sorry Don, I guess this story just didn’t “ad” up….Let me also mention, I am going to drop a bunch of pathetic, cheesy jokes throughout this blog. Ask my friends, it’s a bit annoying, but I am sure some of them will make you chuckle.
But really, the drink is quite historical, dating all the way back to the 1800’s. The first recipe was published in a NY newspaper somewhere, but the exact origin is a bit of a mystery. The recipe for the traditional ‘1800ish’ Old Fashioned is rather simple. In a lowball glass, mix some sweet, with some bitter, add ice, then pour your choice of spirit on top. The spirit of choice is usually a Bourbon or Rye Whiskey, but way back when, it was whatever hooch was available. Don’t worry, we will get in to those selections down the road. See, the drink is pretty simple, right? Not so much for the modern Old Fashioned, it can be a bit more complex…adding a orange or lemon twist, different sugars, muddled fruit, smokey additives, and in my opinion the worst of all; those nuclear red, muddled maraschino cherries. Please, save them for your sundae, do not mash them up in my whiskey cocktail. NOTE: Cherries can be used in an Old Fashioned, just pop them on a fancy ‘sword-looking’ toothpick and place them as a garnish, for your girlfriend to eat. The one additive that typically remains in the drink is the orange/lemon twist. A twist is a think cut rhine, which is typically placed in the drink after the spirit is poured in. Lets review: sugar, a Dash of bitters, whiskey, and finished with a Twist. If you didn’t before, I hope you understand the name of this blog now.
Let’s get a bit deeper into the combination. The sugar rounds of the alcohol, while the bitters (what are bitters?) and orange twist give depth and aromatic character to the cocktail. All while the whiskey plays the most important part…it gets you drunk!
The simplicity of the drink is what makes it so interesting to me, and after this very brief explanation, I hope you can see the room to add a personal touch to this drink. And that personal touch is what Dash + Twist is all about.
Thanks for reading, and I look forward to helping you appreciate a new way to get drunk.
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