That depends on who you ask. Rye or bourbon lovers stand by its side for the clear breakthrough of flavor. “It’s strong, square-jawed, with just enough civilization to keep you from hollerin’ like a mountain-jack,” describes cocktail historian David Wondrich. It’s a smart drink, offering enough complexity in taste without obliterating the very spirit that makes it good in the first place. Others appreciate its simplicity; they admire its marbled color and its timelessness.
This is the cocktail holy trinity of spirit, sugar, and bitters, people. Which means that we should venerate Old Fashioneds — and drink lots of them.
Place sugar cube in bottom of a rocks glass. Add bitters, an orange peel, and a splash of water.
Crush sugar thoroughly with a wooden muddler or strong spoon, muddling the orange peel to extract its oils as well. Pour in the whiskey, place a few ice cubes in the glass, and then and stir until well chilled.