1 Sugar cube
2 Dashes Angostura bitters
1 Orange wedge
1 Orange twist
2 Lemon twists
Place the sugar cube into a chilled double Old Fashioned glass then top with bitters. Add 2 cherries, 1 lemon twist and the orange wedge. Muddle the contents. Take care not to smash the peel of the orange (this will give the drink a not so pleasant bitter taste). Add a splash of club soda, give a quick stir to rinse off the orange wedge, then remove it. Add some ice cubes to fill the glass then add the rye. Top off the glass with club soda, stir gently, then garnish with the remaining lemon twist, orange twist and cherry.
If desired, you can add simple syrup to taste if the drink is not sweet enough.
This one starts similar to the original Old Fashioned, but fruit is added to the sugar and bitters and muddled into the base. The other addition, club soda adds a little carbonation and lightens up the drink, making it more refreshing. Almost like a mixed fruit flavored “Old Fashioned and Soda.” While many find the taste of this one appealing, the original’s rye forward flavor is lost with the additional ingredients. Of course both drinks are enjoyable in different ways and obviously trying both is recommended.
This is the drink you would be most likely to receive if you were to order an Old Fashioned at most places these days. It’s also Don Draper’s go to drink on Mad Men. The Old Fashioned created at the Pendennis Club is a likely predecessor to this one (see Classic Old Fashioned), but without the club soda and elaborate garnish. This version of the Old Fashioned, complete with club soda, surfaced in the 1930s, toward the end or shortly after prohibition.