Few cocktails have stood the test of time like the Old Fashioned and knowing how to craft a proper one is a staple in the repertoire of any Chron Vivant.
One of my personal favorites, this timeless libation can be elevated with a dash of medicated cannabis bitters for a nightcap that’s sure to soothe any weary soul.
Bartender legend has it that the drink’s name originates from when post-prohibition social drinkers asked for a cocktail the “old-fashioned” way. Though it’s not the “oldest” cocktail, it is closest to the original definition of the word (bitters, spirits, sugar, and water).
These days you can even find cannabis-inspired versions of this concoction popping up at bars along the the West Coast, where experts in the craft are coming up with their own creative spin, like this Rolled Fashioned at Garcia Madre in West Hollywood LA.
For Those Of You At Home
The simplicity of an Old Fashioned naturally lends itself to interpretation and even though there really is no wrong way to build this modern classic, one thing is for certain – it must contain bitters.
In this case, we’re using our homemade indica infused bitters recipe that pairs perfectly with brown spirits like bourbon and rye. This “house” bitter contains micro-doses of psychoactive THC but will be used in trace amounts for aromatic effects and mild relaxation.
Here is my recipe for a classic Old Fashioned bourbon whiskey cocktail with a modern medicated twist:
- 2 oz. rye or bourbon whiskey (we’ll be using bourbon)
- ¼ oz. simple syrup – (The 1880 recipe calls for a sugar cube but most modern recipes call for simple syrup as it easily dissolves making for a cleaner drink).
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 1 dash medicated Cannabis Indica House Bitters (see recipe here)
- Lemon twist for garnish
- Fill an old-fashioned whiskey glass with a singular ice cube (neither too large or too small).
- Pour rye or bourbon (we’re using bourbon).
- Add syrup, dash bitters, and stir.
- Finally express the oils from the lemon peel and garnish (essence of the lemon can be extracted by breaking the delicate vessels that contain the essence, enhancing aromatics).
Caution – mixing psychoactive cannabis products and alcohol can have a synergistic effect. You should never consume more than two medicated cocktails at a time (10-15mg).
The end result should be mildly sweet and strong but always balanced. Neither the cannabis bitters, syrup, or the spirit, should be perceptible over the other. This affable and moderately dosed cannabis cocktail contains approximately 5 milligrams of THC per glass, depending on the potency of the cannabis bitters.
Have fun mixing and matching spirits and bitters, and enjoy not just for the physical effects but also the flavor and aromas that pair well together.
What’s your favorite way to drink an Old Fashioned?