Because bourbon can’t have all the fun.
This delightful punch of gin that is the Gin Old Fashioned is guaranteed to entice you to pick only the best gin, and then enjoy it slowly. It’s “gin forward” to say the very least.
I DO NOT recommend this drink to those of you that love fruit, mixing things, and not tasting the gin.
I DO recommend this drink to those of you that love various other Prohibition Era cocktails made with gin or other spirits.
And let’s give some credit to our favorite American named bar in London – the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel for coming up with this one. Decades ago.
The Gin Old Fashioned
- 2 Oz. Gin Pick your fave!
- 1 Cube Sugar
- 2 Dashes Angustura Bitters Or any type of bitters you like
- Make this one in your rocks glass. For tradition's sake, use a thick and heavy rocks glass.
- Pop your sugar cube into the glass, top with your bitters, and smash away. You can add a tiny amount of water to make this go faster.
- Add about half of your gin and stir until the sugar is gone.
- Fill your glass with ice. It's usually best to use one large square or circle of ice, otherwise, it melts too quickly and waters things down.
- Pour in your remaining gin.
- Garnish with an orange slice in the glass if you like. Or rub some orange peel on the rim and garnish with that.
- You can also garnish with a Luxardo Cherry, which I dare say are quite easy to make and also delicious. Or drop that one in your drink, too.
Easily make the Gin Old Fashioned your favorite adult drink with these variations.
Try a barrel-aged gin. These are increasingly popular and will add a bit of color and dimension to your GOF.
You can use simple syrup instead of the sugar cube to make your drink. You could even use a slightly flavored simple syrup to enhance your cocktail. Might I suggest an orange simple syrup?
Experiment with the strongest and most herbal gins you can find.
Drop your Luxardo Cherry into your GOF for some color and flavor.
You can always try the Gin and Campari Old Fashioned if you like, this pairs some wonderful bitter orange of the Campari with bold gin.