Twists on classics or old-age drinks is how very many of today’s modern cocktails come about. It’s always fun to take something that works undeniably, make an epic twist to it, and find that is still palatable; the Old Fashioned Italian falls into this category.
Old Fashioned Italian:
60ml ‘malty’ American whisky
15ml Luxardo maraschino liqueur
2.5ml Luxardo syrup (0.5 tsp)
2.5ml Lemon juice (0.5 tsp)
30ml seltzer water
Build drink in rocks glass, blast the oils and zest of one lemon peel over the drink and toss in, stir, and garnish with a luxardo cherry. Add rocks, last, after blasting lemon zest into, and adding the lemon peel.
A traditional old fashioned is hard to beat, but you are very likely to get a poor one out in the wild. Very much a classic, not only is it ordered often, but just as often ruined by poor skills. Just today at lunch, a friend ordered an old fashioned. His drink received 5-6oz of flat water, in addition to a half dash of Angostura, a proper pour of Jim Beam, a packet of sugar, a 1/3 wedge of orange & sugar-cherry muddled. Needless to say, his drink was overly sugary, *way* too watery, and not very special. A bad old fashioned is like nothing else. No patron will complain about this old fashiononed, the old fashioned way.
45ml rye whisky
1 lump of sugar
3 dashes Boker’s or Angostura
30ml seltzer water
Build drink in this fashion: add sugar cube and bitters to a rocks glass. Muddle. Add seltzer. Muddle and stir with muddler. Add whisky. Let stand for 30-60 seconds. Stir more. Blast zest of one lemon peel over the drink, and drop the peel into the concoction. Add rocks. [Optional: garnish with Luxardo cherry].
The RAGBRAI recap is coming soon – I promise!
A certain something takes over me when I see a gorgeous chrome bike. Perhaps my first road bike being an 11.8 may have something to do with it. A year or two ago I acquired a pretty nastily repainted Ghibli that was chipping away (who would paint over a flagship Rossin paintjob, on one of their nicest made frames, I’ll never know). I wasn’t sure what to do with it, or if I’d even keep it. Once measured out, to find it was my size, and being so drawn to the fluted Columbus SLX tubing, I knew I had to ride it. That said, I also knew it needed new chrome for the tips / drops / stays if it was to be mine. I decided a twist on it’s classic look could be wonderful, and boy am I happy with the way it has turned out. The decals acquired turned out to be improper – missing a few key model specific ones – so I’m waiting on replacements. The experience I’ve had thus far with getting new decals has been untimely, so my dear may not be complete for a bit.
The chrome is really breathtaking. With the proper decals in place, she will receive a clear-coat and custom crafted leather chain-stay protector. Finally, the hell will be ridding out of her. I look forward to many near-future rides on a machine with more speeds than a sloth has toes. It is nearing three years to have ridden such said type of bicycle. Enough talk; pictures.