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rottyguy Jun 1, 2013 06:35 AM

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. Spiritchaser Jun 1, 2013 07:51 AM

    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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      rottyguy Jun 1, 2013 11:39 AM

      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.

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        Spiritchaser Jun 1, 2013 01:03 PM

        No actual fruit just an orange and lemon twist.

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          kathryn Jun 1, 2013 01:48 PM

          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.

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          kyeung Jun 18, 2013 11:51 AM

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

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          kathryn Jun 1, 2013 08:14 AM

          PDT uses Wild Turkey according to their recipe book.

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            kurtt Jun 1, 2013 12:32 PM

            Old Overholt is a great rye for cocktails.

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              ttoommyy Jun 1, 2013 05:59 PM

              Love Old Overholt for rye old fashioneds and sours.

            2. JungMann Jun 3, 2013 07:48 AM

              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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                kathryn Jun 3, 2013 08:02 AM

                http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

                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.

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                foodwhisperer Jun 3, 2013 09:38 PM

                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.

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                  rottyguy Jun 16, 2013 01:33 PM

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

                  1. sgordon Jun 18, 2013 12:16 PM

                    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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                      sugartoof Jun 18, 2013 06:51 PM

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

                    2. Phil Ogelos Jun 18, 2013 04:04 PM

                      [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.

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