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Any Old Fashioned drinkers here?

Been liking this drink recently.. Where's your local (or remote :-) for this?

Also, what's your preferred rye whiskey for it? tx

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  1. I thought I hated Old Fashioneds until Jim the bartender at EMP made me a proper one so that will always be my benchmark. I think he used Rittenhouse but I cannot be certain, in recreating the drink at home I use Bullit Rye and it's "almost" as good as his.

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    1. re: Spiritchaser

      Did Jim put any fruit it it? I was at Public last night and had a good one. Just an orange rind after kissing the lip.

      1. re: rottyguy

        No actual fruit just an orange and lemon twist.

        1. re: rottyguy

          Have you tried one at Pegu Club, Flatiron Lounge, PDT, Raines Law Room, Death & Co, etc? No fruit salad in the glass. Spirit, sweetener, bitters, twist. Preferably a twist flamed and whisked around the rim.

          At a Manhattan Cocktail Classic event at Raines Law Room, they had a build your own old fashioned bar, which was really fun.

        2. re: Spiritchaser

          I only go EMP to have the drinks Jim makes. He makes amazing drinks.

        3. PDT uses Wild Turkey according to their recipe book.

          1. Old Overholt is a great rye for cocktails.

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            1. re: kurtt

              Love Old Overholt for rye old fashioneds and sours.

            2. Old fashioneds are so dead simple, they're a drink I tend to make myself with Redemption rye. When I'm out I will try the occasional old fashioned with other base spirits. Guthrie Inn does a great Oaxacan old fashioned with tequila and mole bitters.

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              1. re: JungMann


                It's Phil Ward's drink that he created while at Death & Co in 2007. They also serve it at Mayahuel (his tequila/mezcal bar) and at a lot of cocktail lounges in the city. I believe the NYT called it a "modern classic" a few years ago.

              2. The post got my interest. I've never had an old fashioned, but read about it. It seems Brandy was the original whiskey used, then Irish, Bourbon or Rye whiskies. It seems like an interesting cocktail and one that has been around for some time. I definitely will be trying it, maybe with Maker's Mark.

                1. Had a good Old Fashioned at the James Hotel Rooftop last week. No fruit save an orange rind.

                  1. Rye, absolutely.

                    Old Overholt is good (and cheap) but because it's an all-booze cocktail, you can make it with fancier ryes and not lose their subtleties.

                    The usual big cocktail places (Death & Co, PDT, Pegu, Raines, Flatiron, etc) are of course going to make great ones, but those are places I tend to go to for a bit more creativity. PDT of course has their now-famous bacon-infused old fashioned, which uses bourbon not rye - but it's a spectacular drink, well balanced, much more than a gimmick.

                    Jafrul, the bartender at WD-50, I would bet puts together an excellent one, though again that's a place I go to for the creative modern stuff over the classics. He could put an interesting twist on one if you asked, I'm sure, and the bar dining there ain't nothing to scoff at.

                    The Brandy Library makes great classic drinks, and they have a huge selection of spirits to choose from for your base. Not sure if I've had an Old Fashioned specifically there, but they take their craft pretty seriously. Very old-school joint.

                    If you're ever in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn Social makes a good one, and I imagine their sister bar Henry Public does as well.

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                    1. re: sgordon

                      Henry Public makes superior drinks over Brooklyn Social, but their Old Fashioned isn't great.

                    2. [stopped by The Man while tottering down Avenue A ... ]

                      Cop: You look drunk.
                      You: I am, from Old Fashioneds.
                      Cop: And overweight, too, while we're at it.
                      You: What can I say? I'm a Chowhound.
                      Cop: OK, I'm letting you go with a warning for now.
                      You: Sláinte.