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    Nasty Old Fashioned!

    This weekend the wife and I went to Applebees. I ordered an old fashioned. The waitress looked at me as if to say "what the hell is that?". I said its a bourbon drink. She said ok and soon after brought something that looked like a glass of ice water with a drop of bourbon in it. It tasted how it looked. I was rather disappointed.

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    Re: Nasty Old Fashioned!

    Yet another sad story of dumb bartenders. I ordered an old fashioned at a bar once and the bartender asked me if I wanted a real one or not. Apparently most of the bartenders there made an Old Fashioned by pouring a little JBW over ice and then filling the glass with 7-Up.

    If you had ordered an appletini, I'm sure it would have been perfect!
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    Re: Nasty Old Fashioned!

    This is a drink i NEVER order when I go out... I only make my own.
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    Re: Nasty Old Fashioned!

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianBradford View Post
    This weekend the wife and I went to Applebees. I ordered an old fashioned. The waitress looked at me as if to say "what the hell is that?". I said its a bourbon drink. She said ok and soon after brought something that looked like a glass of ice water with a drop of bourbon in it. It tasted how it looked. I was rather disappointed.
    Brian, going to Applebee's and ordering that drink shows true guts. Just Not very smart. Let me suggest that you do what I have done from time to time.

    Upon ordering I proceed to the bar and wait, watch and 90% of the time I teach the bar person what to do. No, we shouldn't have to, but the alternative is not an option.
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    Re: Nasty Old Fashioned!

    I've had interesting versions of Old Fashioneds as well.

    Some Good, but most weak, underbittered and oversweetened.

    The worst crime is topping off with Soda. This is almost universal and seems to be a result of the "Glass looks empty" syndrome.

    The second crime is macerating the fruit into oblivion to create a murky "sour" looking concoction

    Last but not least is the impatience of muddling sugar and bitters . C'mon. If you're that lazy, use simple syrup or make a sweetened bitters mix ahead of time.

    I got served a Whiskey and bitters, not bourbon, on the rocks. When I asked if this was supppose to be an old fashioned and they added a cherry. Done.

    This could be the most abused cocktail.

    Some great ones are made in Lexington, KY. The Gratz Park Inn. Perfect.
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    Re: Nasty Old Fashioned!

    All I can do to imagine what they have done to it was maybe put 1/2 oz. of canadian whiskey, followed by a teaspoon of sugar, topped off with tap water. Thats pretty much what it tasted like.

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    Re: Nasty Old Fashioned!

    as far as I am concerned, without pimping my own old fashioned vid, here...

    is all you need to know..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEr7ym4-r5I
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    Re: Nasty Old Fashioned!

    Quote Originally Posted by imbibehour View Post
    as far as I am concerned, without pimping my own old fashioned vid, here...

    is all you need to know..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEr7ym4-r5I
    That's funny. I'm sure that's how they made it at Appleby's!

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    Re: Nasty Old Fashioned!

    Quote Originally Posted by dmarkle View Post
    That's funny. I'm sure that's how they made it at Appleby's!
    highly... doubt it. <internet sarcasm>
    Last edited by imbibehour; 12-07-2010 at 18:55.
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    Re: Nasty Old Fashioned!

    If you want a pretty good Old Fashioned, go to Delilah's. But not on just any night.....go the night Julian and Preston are there during WhiskeyFest Chicago. They get behind the bar and make them as follows, IIRC.

    Place paper napkin over glass. Place sugar cube on napkin and saturate cube with bitters (the napkin soaks up any excess). Drop cube into glass, add orange and lightly muddle. Add ice, whiskey and cherry. Stir. Drink. Repeat.

    Randy

 

 

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