DrinkWire is Liquor.com's showcase for the best articles, recipe and reviews from the web's top writers and bloggers. In this post, Drink Your View shares a twist on the Old Fashioned made with an old-school style of gin.
An Old-Fashioned with Gin is one of life’s simple pleasures. It’s still surprisingly chilly in LA and I like to drink more spirit-forward concoctions in this weather. Sometimes I just want a crisp & boozy drink. The Gin O.F. is just that. It’s great with Genever too, but I can’t say I’ve ever tried it with this particular Old Tom, so I thought I’d give it a whirl.
I’m happy to report it is the perfect refreshing boozy quaff I needed this sunny afternoon. I went a tad light on the sugar because of the perceived sweetness of the Old Tom. Just a whisper of Angostura adds a hint of spice without turning the color or overpowering the gin. Thanks to my local lemon tree I have peels for days.
Based on Patrick Gavin Duffy’s recipe from the Revised Official Mixer’s Manual(1956):
Gin Old Fashioned
1/2 piece lump sugar
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 slice lemon peel
1–2 jiggers dry gin(1 jigger = 1-1/2 oz)
Place sugar in bottom of Old Fashioned glass and sprinkle with bitters. Add lemon and ice cubes and fill with gin as desired. Stir and serve.
Old Tom Old Fashioned
2 oz Tanqueray Old Tom Gin
Scant 1/4 oz simple syrup
Dash of Angostura bitters
Build in mixing glass. Stir and strain over fresh ice into a glass. Express lemon peel over drink and serve with peel.