A good Old-Fashioned is the epitome of a classic cocktail. As with most classic cocktails, there are dozens of variations and craft options. I prefer mine to be clean and simple. With nothing to hide behind, this is the time to use a great bourbon.
1 Sugar Cube
2 oz. Bourbon
Maraschino Cherry (optional)
In an rocks glass, muddle the sugar cube (or ½ tsp. sugar) with 2 or 3 dashes of bitters
Rotate the glass to coat the bottom with the sugar grains
Add a large ice cube to the glass ~ a single large cube prevents the drink from becoming too watery as the ice will melt slower than small cubes
Pour the bourbon over the ice cube
Stir the cocktail to mix
Twist the orange rind over the cocktail to release the essential oils
Garnish with the rind and a cherry if desired
For Old-Fashioneds, there are several good bourbon options. I like Buffalo Trace or Four Roses Small Batch; both contain hints of sweetness and caramel balanced with subtle notes of spice.