The Old Fashioned – Embury’s Version

I whipped up an Embury Old Fashioned on Monday evening.  Despite the variables in the recipe the drink turned out to be very good.  I chose to go with the following quantities:

Embury's Old Fashioned:
2 oz Eagle Rare Bourbon
1 tsp Simple Syrup
3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
Twist of Lemon

Embury got this one right.  Unlike his other recipes I don’t have to change this recipe much to make the cocktail I’m looking for.  I like my Old Fashioned slightly sweeter, but not too much.  Also, I like the amount of bitters in this recipe, but I really like the flavors that the Fee Brother’s bitters add, so I’m thinking a mix may be in order.  Finally, the lemon twist isn’t adding much other than a nice bright color.  After watching Robert Hess’ great video on the topic I agree that an orange twist would compliment the sweet flavors in this cocktail better than lemon.  Given these considerations, here is the Old Fashioned that I made Tuesday night.

Reese's Old Fashioned (Attempt 1):
2 oz Eagle Rare Bourbon
3 tsp Simple Syrup
1 Dash Angostura Bitters
1 Dash Fee Brother's Bitters
Twist of Orange

Hmmm…still not quite there.  This recipe was a little sweeter than I like.  Probably decrease the syrup to 2 tsp.  Also, as you can see in the picture I’ve started using my Tovolo Perfect Cube ice cube trays.  I’m using filtered water to make the ice, but I’m still getting some cloudiness.  Look for more on my quest for perfect ice in the coming weeks.





4 responses to “The Old Fashioned – Embury’s Version”

  1. N. Avatar

    If you don’t want cloudiness with your ice try this: boil water, let it cool, bool it again, and once it cools pour it into the trays. This should give you very clear cubes. Let me know how it goes.


  2. Reese Avatar

    Tried boiling and then freezing. Didn’t work for me. Neither did the technique of melting ice and refreezing. Thus far I have yet to find a method for freezing clear ice at home.


  3. Todd Avatar

    Try this. Ditch the simple syrup. Start with raw sugar or regular granular sugar. Muddle the orange with the granular sugar and bitters to release the oils from the orange peel. Rub the rim of the glass with the lemon peel. Take the time and put the love in this cocktail. Try putting a little Fee Bros Cherry bitters in with your Angostura – Delicious

  4. Reese Avatar

    Loving these tips, Todd! That’s the way I usually make mine now, however I haven’t been rimming with lemon and haven’t tried the cherry bitters. Looks like I’ve got some homework. :)