Back to Basics: My Evening Drink

Recently, mostly since moving to Cambridge, I've been noticing that drinking at bars is getting ridiculously expensive. Then, I realized I can drink in the comfort of my own home for about 10% of the cost and without having to yell at whomever it is I'm talking to.

I bought myself a nice little mixing kit, invested in more bourbon (this time some Four Roses), and started making my own drinks. My go-to drinks thus far have been old fashioneds and the occassional G&T. The former being my preferred drink, andhaving more variations than a swiss army knife. I think many of these variations are a bit over the top, focusing too much on making a show and less on simply enjoying a finely crafted spirit. So, I decided to go back to basics, and started making mine like David Embury recommends in The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks.

What You Need

  • 2 oz of Bourbon
  • 1 tsp of Simple Syrup
    • Equal parts water and white sugar
    • Bring to a boil in a small saucepan until all sugar has disolved
    • Let cool and pout into a bottle, because this is a lot of simple syrup
  • 1-4 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 1 twist of Lemon
  • 2 large Ice Cubes, or 1 Ice Ball

Putting Things Together

  1. Grab yourself an old fashioned glass (I recommend these from Crate & Barrel because they're $2).
  2. Add the simple syrup, bitters, and half of the whiskey to the glass, stir together.
  3. Add the ice and the rest of the bourbon, and stir a little bit more.
  4. Take the strip of lemon, twist it over the top of the glass — if you're really into lemon you can even drag it around the rim — then drop the twist into the glass.
  5. Put on some blues, maybe a little John Lee Hooker, and sip your drink.

Some might also like a cherry as a garnish. Personally, I don't like it but everyone is different.