I went to lunch the other day with a friend who is legit obsessed with finding places in RI to get an Old Fashioned done right, apparently not an easy task. Curious? This is their take ('They' wish to remain anonymous...for now anyway.) on the drink and where to imbibe in the Ocean State.
I started ordering them after going to a wedding, where it was the groom's signature drink. I greatly preferred it over the bride's, some pretty, pastel concoction. Of course, I think I was the only woman drinking 'the men's cocktail'. The look of it, the preparation, the association to the era that it originated from, and definitely the taste were all very appealing. It soon became a favorite. I've since learned that people who drink them usually like Maker's Mark Bourbon and if the wait staff doesn't ask you which bourbon you prefer when you're ordering, it's usually reflected in the result. When made true to the traditional, time honored recipe, it almost has a sweetness to it. I've found too that it adds to the enjoyment of the entire experience when it's served in a proper 'Old Fashioned' tumbler. Yes, there's a lot of interesting information (Quite a history!) you can probably find on this, but I think the best research comes from actually drinking them. And I must say I'm more than happy to do my part to bring back this classic cocktail.
The 5 Places In RI To Go For An Old Fashioned
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