The Good Stuff. The Water of Life. Tornado Juice. Pop Skull. White Lightening. Mountain Dew. Moonshine. Gut Warmer. Liquid Sunshine. No matter which name you fancy, one thing is for sure: you don't need to be a whiskey connoisseur to get into the spirit of World Whiskey Day tomorrow. All you need is a good whiskey cocktail, which is why we’re talking about the most classic one of them all, the Old Fashioned. This no-nonsense drink has fallen in-and-out of fashion over the last 130 years, with its current comeback seemingly almost entirely attributable to its popularity with Mad Men’s Don Draper, who is rarely seen without one throughout the series. With the finale episode of Mad Men proceeding tomorrow's World Whiskey Day celebrations, we found it fitting to share our version of Don’s favorite drink.
First you should know that an old fashioned has many variations, which sparks the great debate: Bourbon or Rye? Both are sound options depending on your preference. Bourbon has a rich, demerara-like sweetness, in contrast to rye’s sharper, spicier flavour. We’ll stick with the bourbon version for this week’s “Breaking Down the Drink.” However, if you prefer rye to bourbon, Gram & Dun makes an excellent Rye Fashioned, swapping out the Dark Horse Distillery bourbon for Templeton Rye, and an orange peel for lemon.