The Old Fashioned is an iconic drink, but few understand the complexity of its components. In this three-part video series, expert craftsmen break down its three key ingredients — the bitters, the sweetener, and the ice — to demonstrate how each part, when paired with a quality spirit like Knob Creek®, contributes to this classic cocktail. This is: The Anatomy of an Old Fashioned.
An afterthought to many drinkers, the shape and size of ice is actually an essential detail in developing the flavors of a cocktail. Depending on what a bartender is trying the achieve, the size and shape chosen — which dictates whether it will chill or dilute the alcohol — will greatly affect the drink. For an Old Fashioned, meant to be sipped and enjoyed over a longer period of time, bartender Henry Jakstas finds a large piece of ice is key: it facilitates the proper dilution needed to let the bold flavors of Knob Creek® Single Barrel Reserve shine.
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