If you are looking for a simple Whiskey Cocktail to enjoy on a summer nights, try an Old Fashioned Cocktail.
As the name suggests, this is another very old classic cocktail. Most historians report it was invented invented at the Pendennis Club (for Gentlemen) in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1889.
But how did it get it's name you ask? Apparently from the way it is made, with people in the late 1800's requesting for their drink to be created in the 'old fashioned' way which at that time meant a drink served with a brown spirit, sugar, water and bitters.
Cut to the chase you say, what does it taste like? Well this cocktail is designed to celebrate the flavour of the whisky (or bourbon) you use. So the flavour will reflect the tasting notes of the spirit; the sugar helps sweeten it a little which helps balance out the bitters that get added. And yes which bitters you add will also make a difference, they all have a botanical base - choose one that complements your spirit best.
And the final, most important, question you have - what chocolate do I pair with this. I have to confess this leads to an open ended response, as you need to pick a chocolate that has flavour notes matching those of the spirit and bitters you use.
Traditionally a dark chocolate is paired with whisky, I suggest nothing higher than 70% cacao solids as that will be too rich and overwhelm the cocktail. You can choose a dark chocolate that has coconut milk as an ingredient, as that softens the cacao flavour a little and makes the texture of the chocolate more creamy when it melts in your mouth which would contrast nicely with the clean cut flavours of this cocktail.
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