Retro Cocktail for September: Old Fashioned

I love the scene in Mad Men where Don Draper is entertaining guests at home and he has his daughter Sally, who’s about eight years old at the time, make him his favorite cocktail, an “Old Fashioned”. As she presents it to him, he says with a scowl, “Muddled, it means smash it.” Although he drinks it anyway, of course, as Don never met a drink he didn’t like. The “Old Fashioned”, as its name indicates, has been around a while, a long time in fact, since the dawn of cocktails. And over the past two hundred plus years, it’s been presented in numerous ways. The first written account of something called a “cocktail” dates back to 1806, in Hudson, New York. A new “potent concoction” had been creat

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