The History Of The Old Fashioned

One of the most enduringly popular cocktails is, of course, the Old Fashioned – and if you haven’t tried one of these before, make sure you order yourself one (or several) the next time you’re out for Happy Hour in Clapham Junction.


Even if you think you’re not a whiskey fan, you’ll be a big convert as soon as you take your first sip – and before you know it, you’ll be knocking back the Old Fashioned’s and learning to make your own like a pro.


But where did this particularly delicious cocktail first come from? According to Thrillist, the drink can be traced all the way back to Louisville in Kentucky in 1880 and a private social club called The Pendennis Club, which is where bartender and bourbon connoisseur James E Pepper put whiskey, ice, angostura bitters and some orange peel in a glass for the first time.


He then apparently decided to take his new concoction to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New York, where the drink really started to make a name for itself – and, as we all know, it’s a tipple that has really stood the test of time, only growing in popularity as the years roll by.


It’s relatively easy to make for yourself, as well, although there is a lot of stirring! Traditionally, rye whiskey is used but you can go for bourbon instead if you’re that way inclined. All you need after that is some sugar and bitters to lend a rather subtle sweetness to the drink. Serve with an orange slice and away you go.