2 oz. Laird’s Applejack
1/4 oz. Simple syrup or ½ tsp. sugar
1 Dash Angostura bitters
1 Dash orange bitters
1. Place all ingredients in a mixing glass; if
using granular sugar stir until sugar is
2. Add ice, then stir with a bar spoon for
3. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass filled
4. Garnish with an orange peel
About This Drink
It is generally accepted that the first published reference to the term “Cock tail” was in 1806 in the Balance and Columbian Repository and was defined as, “a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters”. Today there are many theories as to when the “Cock tail” was referred to as the “Old Fashioned”.
Coincidentally, in the mid-1800’s, Samuel Laird and his son Joseph Laird were the respective trainer and jockey of the most famous race mare of turf racing history – “Fashion”. In 1855 she became known as “Old Fashioned” when she foaled a filly to be named “Young Fashion”. Perhaps the original Old Fashioned Cocktail was made with Samuel Laird’s spirit – Laird’s Applejack.