The Pendennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky, lays claim to being the birthplace of the Old Fashioned. It was first mixed either by or in honor of Colonel James E. Pepper, a proprietor of a celebrated whiskey distillery of the period. The first record of the Old Fashioned in print is in Modern American Drinks (1895) by George J. Kappeler.
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This has become my test drink when I'm drinking away from home. It's amazing how much such a simple recipe varies from place to place. The usual problem is far too much water, sometimes to the point that you can't taste the whiskey.I'm more than happy to skip the muddled fruit and simply garnish with a brandied cherry and/or an orange slice. Otherwise, the recipe here is what I do at home. Using a small amount of simple syrup instead of a sugar cube and water solves the problem of overwatering the drink.
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