Cubed Old Fashion

The Cubed Old Fashion

Recipe by Jamie Boudreau

I used

  • 3/4 oz Hennessy VSOP
  • 3/4 oz Appleton Estate V/X
  • 3/4 oz Bulleit Bourbon
  • 1/3 oz Rich Simple Syrup (2:1 Ratio) (Sweeten to taste)
  • 1 Dash of Angostura Bitters
  • 1 Dash of Fee Brothers Orange Bitters
  • 1 Dash of Fee Brothers Chocolate Bitters

Stirred with ice, strained into an old fashion rocks glass with a giant cube. Garnished with Orange/Cherry flag. The cherry I used was a Griottine cherry. 

This drink is amazing. I personally love the old fashion cocktail. This one brings it to a different level. The taste is smooth and complex. I find the original old fashion to be a tad bit raw because of the bourbon content, which is great. But in the Cubed old fashion, the drink is smoothed out by the Cognac and Rum. The bitters also add a nice touch to the drink. Feel free to experiment by using more Chocolate bitters or even other flavors!

Note: The ingredients I used varied slightly from the original. The ingredients I used are easier to find. Also, the original calls for a homemade Old Fashion syrup which would definitely put a better taste to the drink.



Cocktail Bitters

When you start using bitters, you’re venturing into the complex world of awesome aromas.

What are they? Bitters are made with herbs and have a bittersweet flavour. Ingredients usually include cascarilla, cassia, gentian, orange peel, and quinine and then the flavouring specified on the bottle. These bitters are typically around 45% ABV. Even though they contain a lot of alcohol, don’t try drinking this stuff straight up. You’ll probably throw up. That’s not to say you can’t sample the taste. It’s a very concentrated flavour though.

Price: Roughly $7-9 a bottle. Each bottle will last a very long time as you typically use a few drops at a time.

Brands: There’s too many brands to be listed here. Also these can be homemade. Most commonly you’ll be looking at Angostura, Fee Brothers, Peychaud, and Bittermens.

Where to buy: You can buy the basic Angostura bitters (on the left) from almost any supermarket. I bought mine from Safeway. Once you start getting more advanced bitters, they are harder to find. I bought these Fee Brothers bitters from Gourmet Warehouse on 1340 E. Hastings. Fee brothers have many flavors (aromatic, orange, mint, lemon, rhubarb, cherry and peach, etc). Then again, you can always order these online.

Angostura and Peychaud Bitters are both gentian-based bitters. Peychaud is considered to similar to Angostura but with a lighter body, sweeter taste, and more floral aroma.

Use: Experiment! I just bought these Fee Brother bitters and I’ll be trying them with many cocktails. The three Fee Brothers bitters will be used in the Cubed Old Fashion which I’ll be making soon enough!

Try this out: For the Whiskey Sour recipe I posted previously, try making it without the bitters. Taste it. Then put the Angostura bitters in, stir and sample. You’ll notice a big difference in flavour with those 3 drops.