I have been thinking about making an old fashioned since my sister-in-law made us a jar of bourbon soaked cherries as a house warming gift (she writes a food blog, check it out here). Just a warning that this is the way that I personally make my Old Fashioned and its evolved to fit my tastes. What this really means is that due to laziness and lack of ingredients, or as I like to think of it, ingenuity and innovation, I have come up with a recipe that I pretty much always make as long as I have bourbon on hand.
Sugar cubes are one of those things that I always mean to have in the house, but just never get around to actually buying. Not to worry, a teaspoon of sugar will do just fine. Bitters are the real concern, though once you buy a bottle they pretty much last forever. I’m almost certain that most recipes call for only a few drops of bitters but I like kind of a lot. I muddle the bitters and the sugar to make a paste before adding the bourbon.
I would recommend that you shake this drink, stirring just doesn't dissolve all of the sugar properly. Once you’ve added the bourbon and given it a good stir I highly recommend running some orange peel around the rim, and throw in a couple of cherries and you have yourself one lazy Old Fashioned. I know this one is a classic, so let me apologize now if I have offended any die-hard mixologist with my bastardization of ingredients and incorrect technique.
Lex’s Lazy Old Fashioned
1 cube or tsp sugar
bitters to taste
2 oz. bourbon
Muddle sugar and bitters in a shaker, add ice and bourbon. Shake to mix. Place fancy giant ice cube in a low ball glass, pour in bourbon mixture. Rim glass with orange rind, garnish with twist and throw in as many cherries as your heart desires. Enjoy!