It’s a mans drink

The classic man

A whiskey old fashioned is the kind of drink I’d probably serve my father at the dinner table on father’s day. Though to be completely honest, I too would opt for a whiskey or a dark rum drink any day. There’s something about dark coloured liquor that you can’t resist. Their packaging is always so beautifully crafted, the age and rich colour tell you a story and finally the smell and the taste, take you to that special place (Insert a peaceful scene).
Could it be that when I drink whiskey I feel a little more “grown”? I mean drinking a masculine toned drink has a certain je ne sais quoi. I can understand why people have a great appreciation for the these dark coloured drinks. They have a sense of heritage, bring about stories from the wise and make for a perfect drink especially after a long day.
So in honour of our fathers, their fathers and future fathers, I raise a glass of whiskey old fashioned to say cheers and happy fathers day.

Makes 1 cocktail
50ml Whiskey (any brand you like)
1 orange
1 teaspoons of sugar
Orange bitters or regular Angostura bitters
Chai spiced tea (Optional) A tea bag works best

In a tumbler glass, add a teaspoon of brown sugar followed by 3-4 drops of angostura bitters. Just like salt and pepper to food, a little goes a long way. Next, add a splash of the whiskey, two ice cubes and stir. Adding the whiskey gradually controls the dilution process. We are basically trying to gradually chill the liquor and dissolve the sugar. Dilution releases different notes and flavours of the whiskey which makes for a well balanced drink.  Repeat the process until the whole 50ml shot is added.
Continue stirring until the glass is well chilled and the whiskey is diluted to your liking. Some like it strong, I like mine spiced.

For the chai spiced version.
Simply dunk a chai tea bag in 30 ml of hot water and brew for 30 seconds. Squeeze the teabag straight into the cocktail and stir.

Tip : Leave the tea bag in the chilled drink to infuse the cocktail even more.

Garnish the cocktail with an orange peel. Twist it over the drink to release the oils, then dunk it in.
There you have it my take on a whiskey old fashion for the classic man.

Sylvia Jemutai
Sylvia Jemutai

Sylvia Jemutai is a food and lifestyle photographer, writer, food stylist, and designer based in Nairobi. Exploring life through delicious food and photography one plate at a time. With a fondness for delicious home cooked meals, mammoth salads and occasional dessert for breakfast.