The Teeling Whiskey Old Fashioned has become such a firm favourite with visitors in the distillery, that outcries for the well-guarded recipe could no longer be ignored!
The birth of the Old Fashioned, the original Cocktail of yesteryear…
In the Mixology community, the birth of the cocktail is considered to be the date that the first cocktail appeared in print, around 1806, when the first published definition of the Cocktail appeared in an American publication The Balance and Columbian Repository.
This excerpt read: “Cocktail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters.” This definition reads as the recipe for the perfect, classic Old Fashioned.
The Old Fashioned is regarded as the first of the classic cocktails as we know them and has been around since the late 19th Century. It is unique amongst the classic cocktails of its time in that it has stuck around for over two centuries, never having completely fallen out of favour. The Old Fashioned was first mentioned in print in a bartenders manual written in 1888 by the American bartender Theodore Proulx (pronounced Prue) who tended bar at Chicago’s swankiest bar of the time, ‘Chapin & Gore’. Not much is known about Proulx other than he was a handsome, moustachioed, dark eyed young man who apparently tended bar while also studying to become a lawyer. Shortly after the publication of his manual he traded the cocktail bar for the legal bar and eventually met his end in 1904 when he was shot by a disgruntled former client.
The Teeling Old Fashioned we serve at the Teeling Distillery sticks to Proulx’s original formula, however we have given it a decidedly Caribbean/summertime twist as an homage to the rum casks that our Small Batch Whiskey is finished in. Our stimulating liquor is Teeling Small Batch and an Orange Liqueur from the Caribbean know as Clement Creole Shrubb. Our sugar is represented by a homemade pineapple syrup and our bitters is in the form of a couple of dashes of orange bitters that allows us to balance out some of those sugars and add another layer of complex flavour.
Check out the recipe below and let us know how you get on!
- 2 parts Teeling Small Batch Whiskey
- 1 part Clement Creole Shrubb (Orange Liqueur)
- ½ part Pineapple Syrup (equal parts pineapple juice and caster sugar, warm (don’t boil) & stir until sugar dissolves, allow to cool)
- 3 dash Orange Bitters
- 2 parts water
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