Old Fashioned Voted The World’s Best Cocktail


What’s the best cocktail in the world? Mint Julep? Manhattan? Cosmopolitan? If it’s anything other than an Old Fashioned, you’re in the minority!

Drinks International has published a list of the top best selling cocktails of 2020 and the whiskey delicacy has come up trumps.

It beat out fellow favourites Dry Martini, Negroni and Espresso Martini.

DrinksInt wrote: “King of the cocktails is the Old Fashioned — and that’s six years straight this vanguard drink of the classic cocktail revival has topped our poll. The Old Fashioned shows no sign of waning — indeed, this American whiskey classic is picking up pace, says our poll. Almost 35% of bars said it was their top selling classic. Make it with bourbon, or rye as they probably did way back when.”

The Old Fashioned started out as a humble whiskey cocktail back in 1806, as a popular beverage morning beverage used to cure ailments such as headaches and nausea. AKA hangovers.

The simple mix of sugar, bitters, whiskey and ice, with a lemon garnish, was quick and easy to make, but it underwent quite a few transformations over the years thanks to experimentation, meaning people could be getting served a different blend of the drink every order.

Revellers soon got fed up of the changes and requested that the Whiskey Cocktail was made in the old-fashioned way.

The drink almost fell out of circulation during prohibition, although a variation was mentioned in Jerry Thomas’ Bartender Guide: How to Mix Drinks.

Credit for the modern version of the drink seems to have been given to a whiskey bartender called James E Pepper in 1880, who created it in a private social club in Kentucky called the Pendennis. Pepper then took the drink with him to the Waldorf-Astoria hotel bar in New York and its popularity began to grow from there.

I’ll drink to that!

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