The Old Fashioned is often cited as being the original cocktail.
The first use of the name "Old Fashioned" for a Bourbon whiskey cocktail was said to have been at the Pendennis Club, a gentlemen's club founded in 1881 in Louisville, Kentucky. The recipe was said to have been invented by a bartender at that club in honor of Colonel James E. Pepper, a prominent bourbon distiller, who brought it to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New York City.
With its conception rooted in the city's history, in 2015 the city of Louisville named the Old Fashioned as its official cocktail. Each year, during the first two weeks of June, Louisville celebrates "Old Fashioned Fortnight" which encompasses bourbon events, cocktail specials and National Bourbon Day which is always celebrated on June 14.
With that history in mind we present our favorite version of this oh-so tasty and oh-so classic cocktail.
MIX IT UP
Our recipe uses Paul’s favorite bourbon, Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon as well as Woodford's Bitters.
Muddle the orange, cherry, sugar cube, soda, and bitters in an Old Fashioned glass.
Remove the orange rind and cherry stem.
Fill the glass with ice.
Add the bourbon.
Garnish with a fresh orange wheel and cherry.
TURN IT UP
In this play list Paul pays homage to the history of this great cocktail. Including tunes by some of Kentucky’s favorite sons and daughters.
Paul kicks off the music with a nod to the Pendennis Club with Joe Walsh’s Welcome to the Club - which also happens to be his all-time favorite Joe Walsh song.
It's gettin' hard to please 'em
Next is Blue Moon of Kentucky. Now, Elvis Presley isn’t one of Paul’s favorites, but this 1954 recording at Sun Records of Elvis singing Bill Monroe’s song is perfect for the playlist because Bill Monroe is the “Father of Bluegrass” and was born in Kentucky in 1911.
Blue moon of Kentucky keep on shining.
When Paul played the next song for me, I didn’t immediately get the connection, But then he explained that it was written by Jackie DeShannon, who was one of the first female singer songwriters of rock and roll and she was born in Hazel, Kentucky. Paul chose a cover of one of her biggest hits Put a Little Love in Your Heart. DeShannon wrote this with her brother and Jimmy Holliday. This version is was recorded by Al Green and Annie Lennox in 1994.
And the world will be a better place
On first blush, the inclusion of Portland, Oregon seems to be an odd choice for this playlist but this song was co-written by one of Kentucky’s most famous daughters – Loretta Lynn. She and Jack White collaborated on the 2004 “Van Lear Rose” and this song is one of Paul’s favorites from the album.
Well, Portland Oregon and sloe gin fizz
The last song on the playlist is Josh Rouse’s Kentucky Flood. This one wraps it all up and leaves our hearts in Kentucky. It’s a song of perseverance, a song about a man looking back at his life and how, as a young man, he survived a flood and never gave up. He went on to build a life for himself.
His dreams swept away on a sad Kentucky night
Mix up this tasty cocktail and enjoy the tunes and let us know what you think!
Paul & Johanna