Some claim that this drink was created at the Pendennis Club in Louisville. Use a good bourbon or rye whiskey based on your preference. Do not add seltzer or club soda, which many recipes call for. Some bartenders will muddle lots of fruit, such as maraschino cherries, in whiskey and call it an old-fashioned. It is not.
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- 1 teaspoon sugar (may substitute 1 small sugar cube)
- 1 teaspoon warm water
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- Strip of orange or lemon peel
- Large ice cubes
- 2 ounces bourbon or rye
Combine the sugar, warm water and bitters in an old-fashioned glass, then add the citrus peel and muddle. Add some ice cubes, then the bourbon or rye, and stir to combine; make sure all the sugar has dissolved. Add a couple more ice cubes and serve.
From Spirits columnist Jason Wilson; adapted by M. Carrie Allan.
Tested by Michael Taylor and M. Carrie Allan.
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