Brought back in popularity by Mad Men’s dapper Don Draper, the Old Fashioned is one of my favs. But before I order I ask the bartender how he makes it and if the word “muddle” is not quickly mentioned I pass.
A city signature, the old-fashioned was purportedly born behind the bar at Louisville’s Pendennis Club around 1889. The club’s events and catering manager, Dana Cirelli, shares the original recipe:
Pendennis Club Old-Fashioned
1 tsp. simple syrup or ½ lump of sugar (One Southern Man ALWAYS uses syrup)
½ slice orange
1 cherry with stem
1 lemon twist
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Ice (1 to 2 cubes)
2 ½ oz. fine Kentucky bourbon
Combine first 5 ingredients in a traditional old-fashioned glass. Muddle with a wooden pestle, then add ice and bourbon. Stir well to chill. you can add a splash of water if you prefer.
This article originally appeared in Garden & Gun.