I prefer rye Old Fashioneds but have experimented with bourbons too. I find Weller Antique makes a fine Old Fashioned. I use a drop of Angostora bitters and several drops of Fee Brothers. Fee brothers has a more Christmas spice character.
My typical recipe is as follows:
First I add the sugar, bitters and water, give that a stir to dissolve the sugar. Then I add the orange slice and slightly molest it in the sugar/bitters mixture, not too much though, full on muddling will release too much juice. Then I add some ice and the cherry and give it a stir.
- 2 1/2 ounces whiskey
- one tea spoon sugar
- one tea spoon water
- four/five drops bitters; one of Angostora and three or four Fee brothers
- one slightly molested orange slice
- one maraschino cherry
What's your recipe/procedure?