It’s an exciting time to be a baseball fan. Perhaps I’m biased because my beloved Kansas City Royals have made it to the World Series for the first time since 1985, but no matter what team you’re rooting for, there’s no denying it’s heartwarming to see a packed stadium in which fans stick it out to the bottom of the ninth.
Whether it’s the general excitement, the San Francisco Giants’ knee socks, or the vintage Royals apparel I’m seeing all over town, this World Series feels a little old timey. And when I think of anything old timey, I think of the Old Fashioned, the classic cocktail made with whiskey or bourbon, sugar, and bitters.
There are differing opinions on how one should make an Old Fashioned, but I like to make mine by muddling a little sugar with the combination of Angustora and orange bitters, and mixing it with lots of my favorite rye whiskey, Old Overholt.
1 teaspoon white granulated sugar
2 dashes Angustora Bitters
2 dashes orange bitters
4 ounces rye whiskey
Orange twist, for garnish
Glassware: Rocks glass
Method: Add the sugar and bitters to the bottom of a rocks glass, then muddle them together with the end of a wooden spoon. Add the whiskey and stir well (until the sugar is dissolved, at least 30 seconds), then top it off with a handful of ice or one large ice cube. Twist the orange peel to release its oils, garnish the drink and enjoy while cheering on your favorite team.