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Spots to Sip an Old-Fashioned

Cheers to Traditions with Old-Fashioneds “The Old-Fashioned was an evolution of the Whiskey Cocktail, which was simply whiskey, sugar, bitters, and water, and was served as early as 1800 or so,” explains cocktail authority Robert Simonson, author of The Old-Fashioned: The Story of the World's First Classic Cocktail, with Recipes and Lore. “When bartenders in the 1870s and 1880s began adding embellishments to their Whiskey Cocktails, some customers rebelled against the innovations,” preferring the traditional version and thus ordering “old-fashioned whiskey cocktails” instead.

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