Today, we’re going to take a look at the history of one of our favorite drinks – the Old Fashioned. This classic cocktail has been around for centuries, and it’s still as popular today as it ever was. So where did this timeless beverage originate?
The exact origin of the Old Fashioned is not known for certain, but there are several theories about its beginnings. One such theory suggests that it originated in Louisville, Kentucky during the late 19th century when a bartender named James E. Pepper created an old-fashioned whiskey cocktail with sugar and bitters added to give it flavor. Another theory holds that a Wisconsin barman invented an early version in 1880 by muddling sugar cubes with angostura bitters before adding whiskey or brandy and topping off with soda water or seltzer water from nearby spigots (hence why some people refer to them as “spiked sodas”). Finally, yet another story claims that New York City bartenders were serving up variations on what would become known as an Old-Fashioned way back in 1806!
Whatever its true origins may be – whether you believe Louisville had something to do with creating this delicious libation or not – one thing is clear: The Old Fashioned has stood the test of time because nothing beats its simple combination of spirits + sweetener + bitter elements all stirred together into perfection! We hope you enjoy yours next time you visit us here at Tryst Gastro Lounge!
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