Recipe courtesy of Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin

Don's Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned courtesy of The Grand Central Oyster Bar, New York, New York.
  • Yield: 1 drink
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Ingredients

1 orange slice

1 maraschino cherry

1 teaspoon sugar

Few drops of Angostura bitters

A splash of soda water to muddle ingredients

2 1/2 ounces rye or bourbon

Directions

  1. In a mixing glass, muddle orange slice, cherry, sugar, bitters and a little soda water: using a muddler, push around and break up cherry and orange until flavor is released. 
  2. Add soda water so cherry is wet and sugar is melted. Add bourbon or rye and serve over rocks, if desired.

Cook’s Note

Bourbon or rye may be used in the Old Fashioned. Rye was originally used, and The Grand Central Oyster Bar is starting to use rye again in these drinks; they use Michters', but Don would likely choose Canadian Club, the brand we often see in his office and home. Seagrams V.O. and Crown Royal were also popular in the 1960s, says Jonathan Rogers of The Grand Central Oyster Bar.