Old Fashioned cocktail bar Shoreditch

Discover our classic cocktails: Old Fashioned

Discover our classic cocktails: Old Fashioned

When you visit The Book Club – Shoreditch, you can choose from our bespoke cocktails, or if you prefer, one of the solid classic cocktails, including the Old Fashioned.

Few cocktails can hold a candle to the Old Fashioned, which is largely still made according to the oldest known cocktail recipe from the early 19th century.

According to the editor of an upstate New York newspaper, it started as a generally unknown cocktail comprising “a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters”. The popular drink remained unnamed for several decades until bartenders started to create and document drink recipes in the mid-19th century when new spirits and imported liqueurs arrived in America. An 1862 edition of “The Bar-Tender’s Guide” included an “old-fashioned” cocktail mixed from gin, sugar, water, and bitters. As the recipe continued to evolve, traditionalists continued to ask for the old-fashioned version of the drink. And so all the bells, whistles, enhancers, and liqueurs fell away for a return to what we still know as the Old Fashioned.

Although the base spirit of an Old Fashioned can be anything, whiskey is a popular choice and similar to the historically accurate brandy or bourbon. In addition, fragrant and spicy Angostura bitters are the traditional accompaniment. And when it comes to garnishing, a twist of orange peel is all you need.

If you’re a connoisseur of classic cocktails, you’ll be pleased to know that The Book Club – Shoreditch still mixes the Old Fashioned as they were originally intended. So, join us and raise a toast to the creativity, to whomever it may belong to, that gave us the Old Fashioned.


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