We have a guest post up at Ang Sarap, a blog we’ve followed for some time. Claiming to be neither “a cook nor a chef,” Raymund nevertheless is constantly creating interesting, appetizing dishes from all over the world and then takes gorgeous pictures of them. (All while raising a family and holding down an IT job, which is quite humbling.) Though he’s a New Zealander now, we especially love Raymund’s images and stories of Filipino dishes from his childhood.
Our contribution to Raymund’s world of cuisine is the Hot Brown, a dish (at least in Gourmandistan’s opinion) deliciously designed for drunks. To get you in the proper spirit, we provide a recipe for another Louisville invention, the Old Fashioned Cocktail. Liquor drinkers’ legend traces the cocktail to Louisville’s tony Pendennis Club in the late 1800s, perhaps created for Col. James E. Pepper as he grumped about the young folk and their silly, foppish drinks.
While serious drinkers still argue over what goes into a proper Old Fashioned, we take our cues from the Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide, which Steve once upon a time had a light hand in revising. But seriously, you won’t need a drink to enjoy Raymund’s place. There’s our Hot Brown post plus a whole lot more.
OLD FASHIONED COCKTAIL
- Sugar cube
- Dash of bitters
- 1 tsp. water
- 2 oz. bourbon or other whiskey
- (Optional) ice, lemon twist, orange slice, cherry
Put a sugar cube in the bottom of an Old Fashioned glass and put two drops of bitters on it. Add a teaspoon of water, then crush and mix the sugar and bitters together. Add whiskey and stir. (At this stage, you kids with your newfangled ways may want to add ice, then garnish with lemon twist, orange slice and cherry.)