Holidays at Home: Part II Bourbon Old Fashioned with Bob

Lillian Minix By: Lillian Minix

It’s beginning to look a lot like… cocktails! Well, that’s not exactly how the song goes, but since we’re celebrating the #HolidaysAtHome we figured, why not change things up a bit?

This holiday season is sure to be a bit different than most, so Bob Roop – Senior Vice President at Timmons Group, has got the perfect thing in store for your cordial needs this holiday: a straight-up bourbon Old Fashioned.

Though there are different renditions of the cocktail and bartenders across the world have their own recipes, the traditional Old Fashioned comes down to four ingredients: good quality bourbon, a pinch of raw sugar, melted ice or a bit of water, and a few dashes of bitters.

Fun fact: While variations of the drink supposedly predate the 1830’s, an evening club in Louisville, Kentucky claimed it invented the cocktail in 1881 when it first referred to the Old Fashioned as the way one of its bartenders mixed bourbon with citrus and sugar.

No matter how it came about, the cocktail, as Bob suggests, is a classic offering for your friends and family as we celebrate the season. With the inclusion of holiday-inspired bitters and addition of garnishes like maraschino cherries or citrus peels, the Old Fashioned is a complement to holiday festivities by the fireside.

Here’s how it goes:
1. Wash your hands!
2. Prepare your clean Old Fashioned glass
3. Add a pinch of raw turbinado sugar and 2-3 dashes of Peychaud’s or Angostura Aromatic Bitters
4. Mix briefly (this is where you would add ice if you’re looking for a drink ‘on the rocks’)
5. Add 1 ½ parts bourbon of choice (Bob prefers Knob Creek)
6. Stir and garnish with maraschino cherry or fresh citrus peel

This classic cocktail will surely help remind everyone what the holidays are all about: spending time with family and friends, even if we’re saying cheers on opposite ends of a Zoom call.