The Old Fashioned is the ultimate cocktail. Not because it’s the biggest, baddest or most inventive but because it represents what a cocktail is. A cocktail in its most original form is comprised of some combination of spirit, syrup and bitters. The Old Fashioned has gone through many makeovers, missteps and revivals and today’s episode of The Speakeasy is dedicated to the prototypical cocktail. Hear from Robert Simonson, author of The Old-Fashioned: The Story of the World’s First Classic Cocktail. This program was sponsored by Rolling Press.




“I noticed Old Fashioned popping up on bar menus around 2009. Mixologists love this cocktail and the love to make it right. I was stunned to learn that it sold so well.” [18:00]


–Robert Simonson on The Speakeasy