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Old Fashioned

Long before “Mad Men’s” Don Draper was sipping an Old-Fashioned on one of the small screen’s hottest TV shows, the cocktail was a popular drink in Bourbon Country. Ever since the 1800s.

It all began at the Pendennis Club, a private club still in operation in Louisville. Legend has it that a guest at the bar ordered a cocktail, but warned the bartender that he wasn’t a fan of bourbon. Not wanting to serve a non-bourbon drink in the Bluegrass (it is Bourbon Country, afterall), the bartender concocted a drink that ended up being a huge hit with the customer.

The traditional bourbon cocktail is said to have been popularized by Pendennis club member and master distiller, Colonel James E. Pepper, who introduced the cocktail to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

Quench your thirst by ordering up an Old-Fashioned at any of the 27 restaurants and bars along Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Trail.


(From St. Charles Exchange)

2 to 3 dashes of Angostura and Bitter Truth Aromatic bitters

1 teaspoon Demerara syrup

2.5 ounce Old Forester Signature 100 proof

Twists of lemon and orange

Put ingredients in cocktail shaker or pint glass. Fill with ice and stir gently until chilled and diluted to taste. Strain into an Old-Fashioned glass with several cubes of ice. Rub lemon and orange peel on rim of glass and add to drink.

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