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Anyone for an Irish in an Old Fashioned?

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Anyone for an Irish in an Old Fashioned?

Postby Alan Gold Label » Thu Oct 22, 2009 2:11 am

Does anyone here like to perpare their whiskey in an Old Fashioned?
I'm a fan of mixing drinks and try to make the most basic and "classic" cocktails and I've come across this one as my latest project. I'm trying different recipes/methods to see what works best, or rather what I like best.

I don't have sugar cubes so I've tried it with my sugar syrup mix (ye know, just sugar agus water) but tonight I happened across some of caster sugar that had hardened so I threw a bit of that in to my glass and muddle with some syrup & bitters.

I've tried Black Bush, Powers and Tullamore Dew with this drink. The Powers was way too much, it has too much flavour and taste that doesn't lend itself to mixing drinks like this, in my opinion anyway. Black Bush was very sweet and quite nice indeed. I thought it was the Tullamore Dew that just edged it a bit. It's the cheapest (available on sale here for €20) of the non-generic Irish whiskeys - ye know, Dunphys and all them supermarket ones. Anyway, I think the Tullamore Dew works well for mixing.



Does anyone else mix their Irish whiskey up in an Old Fashioned? I know it's usually bourbon used but being in Ireland, Irish whiskey is (only ever so slightly) cheaper than a bourbon.
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Re: Anyone for an Irish in an Old Fashioned?

Postby Pure Pot Head » Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:02 pm

Old Fashioned?


What's an 'Old Fashioned?'

Also, check Harry Johnson's guide to Bartneders from 1860. Fascinating. You can get it on Amazon. He lists the essential whiskies one should stock (it;s an American book) which makes for interesting reading.

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Re: Anyone for an Irish in an Old Fashioned?

Postby Alan Gold Label » Sat Oct 24, 2009 12:42 am

An old fashioned is a way of preparing a whiskey using sugar & water (or syrup) with bitters and ice. Well, that's my take on it anyway. Some say a cocktail is a mix of two or more alcohols but I think it's more than just that.

After building the drink before serving I like to either squeeze a touch of orange slice or orange twist over the drink before adding it as garnish.

No it's probably not the best thing to do to your 21yr old single malt or a bottle of Redbreast but take any decent blend and mix this up and well, it's deadly
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Fashioned

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http://www.thefreedictionary.com/old-fashioned
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Re: Anyone for an Irish in an Old Fashioned?

Postby Pure Pot Head » Sun Oct 25, 2009 1:07 am

An old fashioned is a way of preparing a whiskey using sugar & water (or syrup) with bitters and ice


So I take a whiskey, add a spoonful of sugar (brown?) and some water and mix in Angastura Bitters? And then some ice?

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Re: Anyone for an Irish in an Old Fashioned?

Postby Alan Gold Label » Sun Oct 25, 2009 3:48 am

Pure Pot Head wrote:
An old fashioned is a way of preparing a whiskey using sugar & water (or syrup) with bitters and ice


So I take a whiskey, add a spoonful of sugar (brown?) and some water and mix in Angastura Bitters? And then some ice?

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Well no, not quite.

You put a sugar cube in a glass with your bitters and then a drop of water and muddle it all together until disolved, then you add in ice cubes and then the whiskey. Either squeeze a slice of orange over the drink and add in as garnish or you could use a twist of orange over the drink for the garnish.
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