Here in Eastern Wisconsin, there is no cocktail more popular than the classic Old-Fashioned. Walk into any supper club, and your barmaid will immediately serve you one made with Jero® Old-Fashioned mix and Kessler’s® rail whiskey. I’m convulsing as i write this; in my opinion, it’s an instant fail — shame on the restaurant or bar for trying to cut corners to save some time and money with a subpar product. Make yours with authentic bitters and a premium bourbon or rye whiskey. You’ll immediately be impressed by the difference in quality.
This is my version of a classic — enjoy among friends.
2 oz. premium rye whiskey or bourbon (I prefer Templeton® Rye)
1/2 tsp. packed brown sugar
2 dashes Angostura® bitters
1 orange peel
1 lemon peel
Ginger ale (by volume to taste)
2 Maraschino cherries (or, for the classic Wisconsin garnish – two olives and eliminate the brown sugar)
2 ice cubes
Cocktail glass and toothpick
Using a chilled cocktail glass, add the brown sugar and bitters. Run the lemon and orange peel around the rim of the glass and drop them in. Add two ice cubes, the bourbon or rye and ginger ale, by volume, to taste. Stir gently with a spoon and add your garnish on a toothpick.
Optional: Add a splash of the liquid from the Maraschino cherry jar.
Makes one drink – wasn’t that easy?