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Thirsty Thursdays: Make an Old Fashioned at Home

FOLLY: This is quite a manly drink....

NOSA: It's Don Draper's drink of choice on Mad Men. 

The earliest version of this cocktail was simply water, sugar, bitters, and booze. Over time, the water became ice, the booze became whiskey, and the drink became an old fashioned.

FOLLY: See, I told you it's a manly drink. 

NOSA: About as manly as it gets. There's a guy I follow on Instagram that loves Old Fashioneds (is there a plural?) and he's super manly. 

FOLLY: There are two methods. Method one is simpler, in case it wasn't obvious.  

 

INGREDIENTS I

  1. 1 1/2 oz Bourbon or Rye whiskey
  2. 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  3. 1 sugar cube
  4. Dash of plain water

 

 

 

METHOD I

  1. Place the sugar cube in an old-fashioned glass and saturate with bitters.
  2. Add a dash of plain water and muddle until dissolved.
  3. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add whiskey.
  4. Garnish with orange slice and a cocktail cherry.

INGREDIENTS II

  1. 1 sugar cube
  2. 1 teaspoon of water
  3. 1 dash of Angostura bitters
  4. 2 fluid ounces whiskey (rye or bourbon)
  5. 1 lemon twist
  6. Ice cubes
  7. 1 orange slice
  8. 1 maraschino cherry, for garnish

 

METHOD II 

  1. Muddle sugar cube, water, and bitters in an old fashioned glass for 1 minute.
  2. Pour in whiskey and stir for an additional minute.
  3. Squeeze the lemon twist over the glass and drop it in.
  4. Add ice cubes.
  5. Garnish with a slice of orange and a maraschino cherry, and serve with a swizzle stick.
Start Your Weekend With a Whiskey Sour
The whiskey sour is a mixed drink containing whiskey, lemon juice, sugar, and an optional dash of egg white. With the inclusion of egg white, it is occasionally called a Boston Sour. For those who do not like or cannot have egg white, due to allergies or religious concerns, pineapple juice is used as a substitute.

NOSA: I remember finding out whiskey sours had egg white in them. I've never felt so conned in my entire life as a professional egg hater. 

FOLLY: And then I found out that most bartenders in Lagos actually omit the egg white cause they can't hack it. This is actually a good thing cause imagine drinking your cocktail only to .... yeah eww. That said,cocktails are overpriced anyway at Lagos restaurants so it's high time we learnt to make ours. 

INGREDIENTS I

  1. 2 parts bourbon
  2. 1 part lemon juice
  3. ½ part sugar syrup
  4. ½ part egg white
  5. Cubed ice
  6. 1 cherry and an orange slice, for garnish

 

METHOD I

  1. Put ice and all the ingredients into a shaker
  2. Shake hard and well for about 20 seconds to chill the liquid really well
  3. Strain the mix into a glass filled with ice
  4. Garnish with the cherry and orange slice

 

INGREDIENTS II

  1. 1.5 to 2 oz. (45 to 60mL) Whiskey
  2. 1 oz. (30 mL) Lemon Juice
  3. .5 oz. (15 mL) Simple Syrup
  4. .25 oz. (7 mL) Egg White (optional)
  5. Cherry for garnish
  6. Lemon or orange slice for garnish

 

Method II

  1. Dry shake (no ice) the egg white vigorously to get the white foamy element 
  2. Put ice and all the ingredients into a shaker
  3. Shake hard and well for about 20 seconds to chill the liquid really well
  4. Strain the mix into a glass filled with ice
  5. Garnish with the cherry and orange slice

NB: Egg proteins do not break down without a fight, and this will froth them up nicely. Adding the ice and other ingredients at this phase may put too much water into the cocktail. You can adjust the ratio of simple syrup and lemon juice to taste. Using the egg white you can use as much or as little in the cocktail as you want.

 

 

EDL Weekender: Let's Talk About Anglo-Irish Relations

FOLLY: That title is more political than the actual contents of this post but we had to catch your attention somehow. Allow me to be Captain Obvious but it's because Jameson is an Irish whiskey and Shepherd's Pie is beloved by the British. 

EAT: Shepherd's Pie at The Orchid Bistro

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FOLLY: This shepherd's pie is listed under the comfort food section of their menu, and I promise you this thing can mend a bruised heart.

NOSA: A bit of an aside, they have a BLT that's pretty damn good. Just an aside. 

FOLLY: They also seem to have imbibed the good old American tradition  of adding cheese to everything. It's a very thin layer on the top of the Shepherds Pie and you can peel it right off like I did. 

DRINK: Jameson, Ginger, and Lime at La Taverna

NOSA: I was never a Jameson guy for the longest time. Until one day, I stumbled into La Taverna and Chef Cristian made me a Jameson Ginger. 

Nothing was the same.

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FOLLY: At N1000 a pop, there's no reason why you shouldn't drink 3 of these, unless you're driving then drink none please. I repeat, drink NONE.