Fancy Whiskey Cocktail

By Robert Hess

The Old Fashioned is an old and distinguished cocktail, as well as one of my personal favorites. Many may point to its origins as being at the Pendennis Club in Louisville Kentucky around 1890, but its true roots go much deeper. Today we call it the Old Fashioned because it is a cocktail that is made in the true "old fashioned" way. You might even say it is the original cocktail, although in those days it would simply have been known as a whiskey cocktail, which with a little fancy embellishments becomes the Fancy Whiskey Cocktail.

Recipe

Ingredients

2 oz Maker's 46 Bourbon Whiskey

dash of simple syrup

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Instructions

Stir with ice.

Strain into a cocktail glass rimmed with lemon.

Garnish with a lemon twist.

Comments
Parker Mansfield 17 Mar 2011
5:22 am

Hi Robert, I wanted to let you know that I really enjoy your videos. I try to make a new drink every week, so I look forward to your latest videos. I have one question for you though. I have looked everywhere for a reasonably priced martini glass with a 5.5-7 oz. capacity. The one featured on the cover of your book looks perfect, but I can’t find a glass like that anywhere. Does anyone know where I can get a glass like that online? Many thanks!

Robert Hess 17 Mar 2011
11:38 am

A great place to find reasonably affordable, as well as often stunning, cocktail glasses, is at an antique store. As long as you are getting glasses pre-1970, you’ll find them usually to be the perfect size, and costing about $8 to $12 each. Which might be expensive if you are looking to stock an entire bar of them, but not a bad price for a few random glasses for home use.

As for the glass seen on the cover of my book (“The Essential Bartender’s Guide”), I assume you are talking about the background glass? This is a great ‘art deco’ style glass that is fortunately still being made. It is made by Libbey, and is #8882 (4.5 oz) or #8876 (6oz), both are exellent sizes depending on your exact needs.

You could simply do a bing search for “Libbey 8882” or “Libbey 8876” and come up with several online stores to pick some up at. Unfortunately, they all appear to be selling them by the case… and in this situation a case is 36 glasses, and even at ~$3 per stem, you’re talking around $110 per case. You might want to try to find a local restaurant supply store to see if they can sell partial cases, or perhaps combine an order with some friends to pick up a full case and split it amongst yourselves. Personally, I’d just buy a case (or two!) and plan to have a few great cocktail parties!

Here is a link to just one store that sells both sizes:

http://www.webstaurantstore.com/libbey-8882-art-deco-4-5-oz-cocktail-glass-36-cs/5518882.html

http://www.webstaurantstore.com/libbey-8876-art-deco-6-oz-cocktail-glass-36-cs/5518876.html

-Robert

Chuck Burns 18 Mar 2011
10:42 pm

Bailey, I looked long and hard for the right Martini glasses. The local restaurant supply is willing to sell me the Libbey glasses at restaurant prices as long as I buy a full case of 36. In searching for glasses I found that a problem was in how the glasses were described. I had bought the Lenox Tuscany 6 ounce glass but when they were delivered I found that 6 oz was lost in the class and that they actually held 11 oz! The glass didn’t look right with less than 8 oz in it!

I have a lot of 4 oz Martini glasses and large ones in the 10-11 oz range that we bought before we know better. What cocktail do you serve, that doesn’t look lost, in 10 plus ounce glass?

I recently found a glass at Amazon that is great. It is the Bornioli Rocco Ypsilon Martini Glass. It is described as 6 oz but in reality it is an 8 oz glass. In reality it is perfect for a 4 1/2 to 5 oz cocktail with the drink about 1/2 to 5/8” below the rim. This means it can be delivered without spilling and people at your cocktail party can walk around with no worries. The way the stem flows into thebase is elegant and the glasses look great. Not inexpensive at 6 for 44 but not cheap either; especially for Italian crystal. Here is the link to the glasses: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000WAB9RG

Robert, I’m going to give this cocktail a try. It seems very much like an old school non-muddled Old Fashioned.

Parker Mansfield 20 Mar 2011
5:48 pm

Robert and Chuck. Many thanks for the replies.

Robert, unfortunately I could never fit 36 friends in my apartment, so I might have to wait on those Libbey glasses! However, I took your advice and went to an antique store yesterday. I bought a few nice glasses that are a lot better than what I had. Thanks for the tip!

Chuck, I really like the look of those Bornioli Rocco glasses. I might order a set.

I’m thinking about upgrading from my three-piece shaker to a Boston Shaker. Do you guys have any online recommendations for a good one?

Chuck Burns 20 Mar 2011
6:20 pm

Bailey, the more I use the Bormioli Rocco Martini glasses the more I like them. They also offer the same glass in 4.5 oz I’m thinking of retiring the dozen generic 4 oz glasses I have and buying the BR. I really like the elegant profile.

As to shakers. I long ago retired my three piece shaker. Once you get used to a good Boston Shaker you’ll wonder why people still use the three piece. I bought this set from get this, a store in Boston called the Boston Shaker: http://store.thebostonshaker.com/index.php?product=CTBS-BOSH-NWE&c=15
I bought two and have used the dickens out of them booth and can see no reason to spend more. Amazon has sets from WMF and others that approach or exceed 50.00. I really don’t see the need to spend a dime more than the 14.50 that BS charges for the glass and mixing tin. The tin seals well and the mixing glass is very heavy duty. I sure don’t want a glass with any marking or recipes on it. There is something classy about using a Boston Shaker.

As an aside I like to use a nice mixing glass for stirred drinks. I picked up two of these Yarai glasses from Cocktail Kingdom: http://www.cocktailkingdom.com/content/yarai-mixing-glass .
I saw them in use at Colt and Gray in Denver and had to have a couple. The Oxo Hawthorne Strainer fits perfectly in these glasses. I like the additional width for drinks that need to be stirred; it is much easier to stir well in these than a mixing glass like you use with the Boston Shaker.

Parker Mansfield 20 Mar 2011
6:52 pm

Chuck. Thanks for the Boston Shaker website. I was browsing the site, and it seems they sell the Libbey glasses Robert was talking about individuality: http://store.thebostonshaker.com/index.php?product=CWLI-CGWS-006&c=23. They are $8 each, but at least you don’t have to buy 36 of them.

Robert Hess 21 Mar 2011
6:41 am

In addition to the traditional Boston Shaker that is a mixing tin, and mixing glass combo, another good option is a double-tin version where you use a regular mixing tin, and a smaller mixing tin that fits inside of it (on Cocktail Kingdom they sell them individually as “Weigted Mixing Tin” and “Short Weighted Tin”.) While I typically like the WMF products, I’ve heard bad stories about their Boston Shaker, it sounds like the mixing glass isn’t made from tempered glass, and so breaks fairly often in normal “bartender” use.

And good catch on the glasses Bailey! When I did my search I only came up with “case” sells, guess TheBostonShaker.com needs to add a few details to their listing so it will come up better.

-Robert

Xac 25 Mar 2011
9:35 am

I’ve been ordering these shakers for years.  I just use standard pint glasses with them, or sometimes their cheater tins, but the cheaters are a little small for my liking.  They are powder coated and last through many years of use:

http://inkcorrect.com/cocktailshakers.aspx

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