This quintessential and storied cocktail has infinite variations, many inspired by regional ingredients. When mixed properly this drink is delightfully well balanced. There’s a ritual and patience required for this cocktail. Feel free to substitute any aged spirit for the whiskey.
Add sugar and bitters to rocks glass. Wait up to 30 seconds so bitters can saturate and soften sugar. Muddle well. Add whiskey and stir gently until most of the sugar is dissolved. Add enough ice to stick out above the liquid. Stir again for 8-10 seconds. For garnish, take a nice thick slice of orange peel and roll it in your fingers skin side down over the drink expelling it’s essential oils. Stick the peel into the glass vertically.
*The addition of Citrus or Orange bitters makes for a lovely old fashioned.
“One important point about classic cocktails. There is a multitude of recipes for the same cocktail. Rarely do two books offer identical recipes for a drink with the same name.”