Posted by: Matt Browner Hamlin | January 12, 2009

Old Fashioned Debate

In another stint on the New York Times’ Proof Blog, Paul Clarke has a pretty good post on the contentious debate over what constitutes an Old Fashioned. I’ll admit – I like this post more because Paul takes my side of the Old Fashioned argument (while offering some delicious riposte of the fruit salad side of the aisle) than it being a post in which I learned a great deal about the drink. That said, I think it behooves people like Paul and I to point out that while a real Old Fashioned is simply whiskey, sugar, water, and bitters, the cocktail containing muttled orange and cherry can still be quite good, if well done. It isn’t an Old Fashioned in my book, but that doesn’t mean it’s all bad. Perhaps if more time in the Old Fashioned debate was spent on developing an adequate name for the fruit salad version of the drink, partisans on that side of the fight could be content enjoying their drink and not rewriting history.


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