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Home Bar Project: How to Make an Old Fashioned

 

Have you ever dreamed of having an amazing home bar, filled with bottles you actually use and the tools you need to execute a fine crafted cocktail? Enter the Home Bar Project. Through this series we are going to take this challenge piece by piece. We’ll teach you the proper techniques and make sure the spirits you purchase aren’t collecting dust on your back bar.

Show us how you’re doing or show us what YOU'RE making on Instagram and Twitter with #HomeBarProject. Got questions? Hit us up on Twitter (@TheDrinkNation) or Facebook.

So let’s start from the beginning. The very first mixed drink to bear the name “cocktail” was the Old Fashioned, which is actually short for “Old Fashioned Cocktail”. By definition, to be considered a cocktail you needed four ingredients; sugar, water, alcohol and bitters. In recent times, basically all mixed drinks tote the word cocktail, regardless of what’s in it. There’s a reason why this delightfully simple drink has withstood the test of time. Here’s what you’ll need to get started.


This week: How to Make an Old Fashioned

Tools you'll need:
Stirring spoon with muddling disk (Amazon)
Y peeler (Amazon
Oxo 1/4 cup measuring cup (Amazon) or jigger or a small measuring instrument for liquids
Ice cube tray, not necessary but recommended (Amazon
Rocks glass 

Ingredients:
Sugar cubes (Domino)
Your favorite whiskey
Angostura Bitters
1 orange
1 lemon
1 teaspoon of club soda optional

Click "Next" and let's get started.

About the instructor:
Dan Lan Hamm is a craft bartender at 1 Tippling Place in Philadelphia. He was Pennsylvania's winner of Bombay Sapphire and GQ's Most Imaginative Bartender Competition in 2014. He runs Spirit Forward, a cocktail-centric group which caters local events and provides educational workshops.

Photos by Marci Prester & The Drink Nation


Tags: Cocktails, Education, Whiskey
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