One of the most classic and downright manliest drinks out there is the Old Fashioned. This drink is like a Whiskey Sour with a beard. Not only is it kick-your-ass strong, but you get to muddle most of the ingredients together, which is violent. A muddler is one of those fancy bar tools that most of us will never bother buying, but look really cool if you do. It’s essentially a pestle (usually made out of wood) and it’s used to mash garnishes and ingredients together in the bottom of your glass. If you’re not going for showmanship though, I’ve found that the back of a bar spoon or ice cream scoop works just as well.
2 1/2 oz whiskey
3 dashes Angostura bitters
1 orange wheel
1 lemon wedge
1 maraschino cherry
1 sugar cube
Toss the orange wheel, lemon wedge, maraschino cherry, and sugar cube into a double rocks glass and then splash your Angostura bitters on top. Muddle all these together until the sugar dissolves into your pulpy, juicy mass of fruit. Fill your glass with ice, top off with the whiskey, and stir.
Some people like to add a splash of soda water to help dissolve the sugar, but bear in mind that this will demote your drink’s beard down to a goatee.
Side note: In the process of conducting a rigorous and highly scientific study, I have discovered that a Gin Old Fashioned is also quite delicious.