Some people say that history is a matter of perspective. The history of the Old Fashioned is precisely that. “Old Fashioned” is thought by many to have originally been applicable to any drink. It would have been like ordering a cocktail “the old-fashioned way”, which probably varied about as much as house rules in a game of Monopoly. In any case, the cocktail we now know as the Old Fashioned is said to have originated at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky. Mixing drinks in the heart of bourbon country, it seems likely that the bartender would have used bourbon, but the Old Fashioned is also commonly made with rye whiskey for a drier and lighter cocktail. .
2 Ounces Rye or bourbon whiskey
1/4 Ounce Simple Syrup
2 Dashes Orange or Angostura bitters
1 Orange wheel, Italian preserved cherry.
Pour whiskey, syrup, and bitters into cracked ice-filled old-fashioned glass and stir. Garnish with orange and cherry. Serve in an Old-Fashioned Glass.