Drink of the Week: A Flight Through Cocktail History
The Old Fashioned cocktail, which some historians date to the early 1800s, is a simple combination of whiskey, sugar, and bitters. The minimal recipe yields some impressive adaptations in Lowe's flight: a rye version (Old Overholt Rye Whiskey, demerara sugar, orange bitters, Angostura bitters, lemon twist) tastes dark and spiced, a bourbon one (Buffalo Trace Bourbon, maple syrup, orange bitters, Angostura bitters, orange twist) is mellow and extremely sippable, and the scotch variation (Famous Grouse Scotch, honey, orange bitters, Angostura bitters, grapefruit twist) is earthy and satisfying, with just a touch of peat smoke.
While three cocktails at once may sound a little overwhelming, they are perfect for sharing a little history.
Locanda, 557 Valencia (at 16th St.), 863-6800