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23 September 2014

The Classic Old Fashioned Recipe


My neighborhood is a funny mix of bars and restaurants. There are three main roads; Elm, Main St. and Commerce. If you were to walk down Elm at 2 in the afternoon on a Tuesday, you may think you are in a ghost town as tumbleweeds blow past your feet and a homeless man sits silently on a pillar staring at you as you walk by. While Main St. and Commerce are both filled with incredible restaurants, some of the best in DFW, poor little Elm street sits sad and abandoned. 

Sad and abandoned until around 9pm when everything changes, and all of the lights appear to suddenly crack on at exactly the same time. Metal heads form lines nightly, waiting patiently to see their favorite band play at Trees, bikers line their Harleys up outside of Anvil Pub and Reno's Chop Shop Saloon, and you can pick up a rock, throw it and hit about 48 tattoo parlors from any given spot. 

But then you'll find the shiny, brand spankin new places...

The new places like Off The Record that is a craft beer and cocktail bar that also sells classic vinyl records, or The Deep Ellum Candy Company, also known as Truth and Alibi, where you walk in to a room filled with candy, say a secret password, and a trap door opens revealing a dimly lit, ultra-swanky speakeasy!

And I love all of them equally, but this post is inspired by the last-mentioned bars. Both Off The Record and Truth and Alibi make a classic old fashioned, a drink I had no idea I was so in love with until I had my first one just a few months ago. But with price tags upward of $11 a drink, I wanted to give making them at home a shot instead.

The result? Two thumbs up! I think Chalupa Batman dug them as well. I will be making them again, and not just because I spent $24.99 on that bottle of bitters. Ok, that is why I'm making them again, but that is neither here nor there....

Have you ever had an old fashioned? What is your favorite hand crafted cocktail to order in a bar? 


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19 comments :

  1. this looks so good and it's so pretty! pinning!!!!

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  2. I LOVE Old Fashions!! We will have to try this out this weekend!

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  3. Great, now I'm at work (elementary school), daydreaming about booze. Thanks....lol

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  4. I've never had an old fashioned. #shame

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  5. For a second I thought it said 20 oz of Bourbon, no wonder you used two sugar cubes :P.
    Bourbon freaks me out a bit, I am definitely a regular Gin & tonic girl (why mess with perfection?)

    Natalia

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  6. I tried an Old Fashioned for the first time in Atlanta a few weeks ago. It was alright... but I'll stick with my fruity drinks. Bahama Mama please!

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  7. Ohhh I am going to have to make one of these for Dane once he passes these crazy tests he's taking in the next couple weeks! You're the best!

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  8. I'm going to have to try this out one day.

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  9. Ive never had one. Although to be fair I haven't had a lot of things, because I get into a rut and stay there.

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  10. We just got a bottle of bullet bourbon to add to le bar and I think this recipe will have to be the first thing we use it for!

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  11. this looks delicious. I've never had one!

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  12. I am so excited to start checking out all of these new bars in Dallas next week. I can't believe how much has changed in the year that I've been away!

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  13. Well since you have the bitters...you could also do it "Wisconsin" style. Use an old fashioned glass aka short tumbler. Swap out the whiskey for brandy. Follow what you do above...add ice to the glass then top the glass off with 7up or Sprite. Some people who like it really sweet will put a little extra cherry juice in there. BItters be gone! Enjoy

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  14. Ummm YUM. I've never had an old fashioned but this looks divine! On my way to Texas to enjoy one of these with you, lady!

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  15. I never understood what "bitters" was lol am I weird?

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  16. I am reading this post as I am sitting at the court house waiting to see if I have been selected to be a juror. I've never wanted a drink more at 11am in my life lol!

    Can't wait to try this!

    Tiffancy

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  17. Ohh! This drink is off of Crazy Stupid Love.. or at least I feel like it was. I really want to try this. I'll have to try one the next time I go out. You have to explain.. what does it taste like! I mean, I don't even know what bitters are.

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